Western Energy News

Navajo Nation ‘planting a seed’ for cleaner energy

RENEWABLES: Navajo Nation leaders sign a proclamation to pursue more clean energy, as the tribe transitions away from depending on coal. (Farmington Daily News, Indian Country Today)

ALSO: A bill proposing to double Nevada’s renewable energy standard by 2030 has earned much more support than it did two years ago when it faced stiff opposition from the state’s powerful casino industry. (The Nevada Independent)

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UTILITIES:
California’s largest utility is reportedly close to naming the outgoing head of the Tennessee Valley Authority as its new CEO and overhauling its board of directors. (Bloomberg)
A federal judge rules that PG&E cannot resume dividends and must use the money on wildfire mitigation under new criminal probation terms. (Reuters)

SOLAR: A bill raising production caps on community solar gardens in Colorado advances in the House. (Grand Junction Daily Sentinel)

OIL & GAS:
Federal land managers approved 74 oil and gas permits in Wyoming during the 35-day government shutdown. (Casper Star Tribune)
A federal judge’s ruling blocking the Trump administration’s efforts to open the Arctic Ocean off Alaska to drilling brings relief to some residents of a small village who rely on subsistence hunting. (InsideClimate News)
A Colorado brewery will stop selling a beer named after former Gov. John Hickenlooper after an anti-fracking group threatened a boycott, citing the presidential candidate’s relationship with the oil and gas industry. (Boulder Daily Camera)

BIOMASS: Arizona’s largest utility is testing whether wood chips can be burned instead of coal at a plant slated to close in 2025. (Arizona Republic)

NUCLEAR: Energy Secretary Rick Perry says Yucca Mountain “is the law” and he intends to press ahead with restarting licensing for the Nevada nuclear waste storage site. (Las Vegas Sun)

CLIMATE:
• Salt Lake City’s mayor testified before a Congressional subcommittee about the steps the city is taking to fight climate change including building energy efficient public safety buildings. (Deseret News)
• Meanwhile, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee tells committee members President Trump abandoned America’s international responsibilities by walking away from the Paris Climate Accords. (The Hill)
• A recently introduced Colorado bill would commit the state to the short-term targets of the Paris accords. (The Colorado Sun)

BIOFUELS: A Hawaii-based biodiesel company is looking to begin exports to California. (Maui News)

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RESEARCH: A University of Utah assistant professor has a received a $4.4 million grant to study how to improve the resilience of the U.S. electricity grid using solar energy. (University of Utah)

COMMENTARY:
• Federal land managers should speed the designation of solar zones on BLM land in Nevada to help the state meet its clean energy goals, says a county official in charge of natural resources and federal facilities. (Las Vegas Sun)
• Former mining communities in the Southwest can benefit from renewable energy by converting former mining sites to solar installations, says a senior associate for a Colorado clean energy think tank. (Green Biz)

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