Western Energy News

Nevada’s solar industry is making a comeback

SOLAR: Almost three years after Nevada regulators struck a near-fatal blow to net metering, the state’s solar industry is rebounding, data shows. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

• A New Mexico utility receives approval to purchase 100 MW of solar energy to continue powering a local Facebook data center. (Solar Power World)
• Crews finish work on a solar array at a U.S. Air Force base in New Mexico. (KRWG)

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NUCLEAR: President Donald Trump suggests he would oppose plans to permanently store nuclear waste in Nevada even though his administration has included millions of dollars to restart the licensing process at Yucca Mountain. (Washington Post)

STORAGE: Utility storage projects take off in Colorado as a result of technology advances and dropping prices. (Denver Post)

COAL: A coal company submits a revised plan to open a mine in Sheridan, Wyoming, which, if approved, would be the first new coal mine to open in the state in decades. (Casper Star-Tribune)

EFFICIENCY: A Montana utility begins the first phase of a $24 million project to replace the 43,000 street lamps it owns in the state with energy efficient LED lights. (Helena Independent Record)

RENEWABLES: The governor of Hawaii talks about how the state will achieve its ambitious goal of getting all of its energy from renewable sources by 2045. (Green Biz)

• After global oil prices tanked in 2014, most energy-dependant states have seen their economies recover, but not Alaska and North Dakota, according to a new study. (KTOO)
• A Colorado ballot measure seeking to increase drilling setbacks could be the latest blow to oil and gas producers already facing declining crude prices. (Wall Street Journal)

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POLLUTION: Federal environmental regulators say methane emissions from oil and gas operations in New Mexico dropped 6 percent between 2016 and 2017, but environmentalists dispute the numbers. (Albuquerque Journal)

COMMENTARY: An Oregon newspaper’s editorial board says a Portland ballot measure to tax big retailers to pay for clean energy projects is too vague and won’t help low-income residents. (The Oregonian)

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