Western Energy News

Navajo firm to take over Wyoming, Montana coal mines

COAL: A Navajo company emerges as the winning bidder to take over three of bankrupt Cloud Peak Energy’s coal mines in the Powder River Basin. (Casper Star Tribune)

ALSO:
• Farmington, New Mexico’s city council unanimously approves transferring 95 percent of the San Juan Generating Station to a company that has pledged to build a carbon capture system, as a state lawmaker seeks to impeach state regulators over implementation of a new state law impacting the plant. (Associated Press, Utility Dive)
Clean energy experts say economics keep moving in a direction that favors natural gas and renewables over large coal plants like Arizona’s Navajo Navajo Generating Station, which is scheduled to close later this year. (E&E News)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Colorado regulators approve a new standard requiring 5% of the state’s vehicles available for sale to be electric by 2023. (Denver Post)

WIND: New wind energy projects under development could help Wyoming’s fiscal crisis as the state struggles from declining fossil fuel revenues. (Casper Star Tribune)

SOLAR:
• Tesla is offering homeowners in six states including California, Arizona, and New Mexico the opportunity to rent to rent rooftop solar systems for as little as $50 per month. (Associated Press)
• A new solar agreement will push a New Mexico college more than halfway to its goal of 100% renewable energy. (Silver City Daily Press)
• A developer proposes a 127 MW solar project in southwest Colorado to supply the Tri-State generation co-op. (Cortez Journal)

NATURAL GAS:
At least four Bay Area cities are considering following Berkeley’s lead in restricting new natural gas hookups. (San Francisco Chronicle)
A Wyoming professor calls the Berkeley ban “the first shot in a war” as industry leaders are skeptical it will have a major impact. (Cowboy State Daily)

OIL AND GAS:
New Mexico is expecting a major budget surplus as revenues from oil and gas production surge, as Colorado expects revenue to slow. (Albuquerque Journal, Denver Post)
An Arizona study finds fracking has less impact on groundwater than conventional drilling methods. (news release)
An Alaska school is trying to prevent a diesel spill as erosion threatens storage tanks along a river. (KYUK)
Colorado regulators are giving the public an opportunity to comment on how to implement Senate Bill 181 this week, legislation changing how the industry is governed in the state. (The Daily Sentinel)

GRID:
Intentional power shut-offs like those used by California utility companies may prevent power lines from sparking wildfires, but at a devastating cost to disabled people and the elderly. (Los Angeles Times)
A developer scraps plans for a New Mexico transmission line amid opposition from local tribes. (Santa Fe New Mexican)

HYDROPOWER:
Conservation groups filed a motion with federal energy regulators, opposing plans for a new reservoir and hydropower project in Southern California’s Santa Ana Mountains. (news release)
• Engineers at the University of Washington have begun testing turbines designed to turn tides into usable energy on Lake Washington. (KING5)

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CLIMATE: Tribal leaders in Wyoming meet with Rhode Island Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse to discuss climate change. (Wyoming Public Media)

COMMENTARY:
More states are siding with California in its fight with the Trump administration over vehicle emissions. (ThinkProgress)
The developer of a proposed pumped hydro storage facility along the Columbia River makes the case for how it can help meet Washington’s clean energy goals. (Seattle Times)

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