Western Energy News

National retailers help buoy Arizona solar industry

SOLAR: A push for solar energy by national retailers has helped offset a decline in installations in Arizona. (Phoenix Business Journal)

ALSO:
• The Department of Energy continues to research concentrated solar plants, but cheap natural gas has pushed most investment overseas. (Bloomberg BNA)
• A Provo museum pulls out of a deal with a Utah solar company under scrutiny in several Western states. (Provo Daily Herald)

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UTILITIES: Houston-based CenterPoint Energy will buy an Indiana utility for $6 billion, expanding its reach into the Midwest. (Houston Chronicle)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: As part of the Volkswagen emissions settlement, electric vehicle charging stations will be installed at Walmarts in 34 states, including four or five stores in Oklahoma. (The Oklahoman)

WIND: The California company that makes TurboTax is partnering with an energy company to offer thousands of Texas customers discounted wind energy produced in the state. (North American Windpower)

COAL: Colorado lawmakers give preliminary approval to a bill that would ensure mining companies clean up after they’re done. (Grand Junction Daily Sentinel)

OIL AND GAS:
• Operations at a Texas refinery remain suspended after an explosion and fire last week. (San Antonio Business Journal)
• Oklahoma oil and gas companies are making donations to volunteer fire departments battling blazes in the western part of the state. (The Oklahoman)
• A petition effort is gaining steam that seeks to repeal the tax hike on cigarettes, fuel and gas to fund teacher pay raises. (Tulsa World)
• President Donald Trump’s complaints about rising crude prices reflects a disconnect with supporters in Texas where oil is booming an jobs are plentiful. (Bloomberg)

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PIPELINES: A Houston pipeline company is entangled in an array of geopolitical disputes involving  a controversial Canadian project. (Houston Chronicle)

COMMENTARY:
A patchwork of litigation by cities like Boulder should not determine America’s path forward on energy and climate, says former Interior Secretary Gale Norton. (Denver Post)
The president of the Colorado Oil and Gas Association says a recent study that linked the industry to increased cancer risks contained many uncertainties, few of which were reported by the media. (Greeley Tribune)
Solar plus storage sounds nice, but batteries are just too expensive right now, says a Tucson city councilman. (Tucson Sentinel)
The Trump administration’s rollback of federal methane rules is bad for the economy, bad for taxpayers and bad for the environment, says the head of Colorado’s largest liberal advocacy group. (Denver Post)
New wind taxes on new wind farms won’t help anybody in Oklahoma, says the CEO of a Chicago clean energy company. (The Oklahoman)
Two Colorado lawmakers cheer regulators’ decision to increase energy efficiency goals for the state’s largest utility. (Pueblo Chieftain)
A western Colorado legislator ignored the wishes of his constituents when he voted to kill a bill that would have allowed utilities to set up charging stations for electric cars, says a local energy analyst. (Grand Junction Daily

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