Western Energy News

New Mexico court won’t hear challenge to clean energy law

OVERSIGHT: The New Mexico Supreme Court declines to hear a case brought by a clean energy group seeking to declare certain provisions of the state’s Energy Transition Act unconstitutional. (Santa Fe New Mexican)

ALSO:
Oregon and Hawaii are among state utility commissions moving away from traditional utility regulatory processes in response to increased variable renewable generation and distributed energy resources. (Utility Dive)
Bills addressing the precautionary power shutoffs that California utilities have begun using are among 22 signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom addressing wildfire risks. (Associated Press)

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COAL: The manager of Blackjewel’s Wyoming mines called police in July, concerned that miners who had worked without pay might try to unlawfully take something. (WyoFile)

TRANSPORTATION: Sources close to the Trump administration say the president is likely to back off efforts to roll back vehicle emissions standards. (Axios)

SOLAR:
The U.S. Department of Energy is being sued for allegedly trying to take over a billion-dollar Nevada solar plant by improperly declaring one of its operators defaulted on a $700 million federal loan guaranteed by the government. (Bloomberg Law, subscription)
A study commissioned by the city of Sheridan, Wyoming, says solar energy has strong local economic potential but is hindered by state regulations. (Sheridan Press)
A Colorado power company is seeking proposals for 150 MW of solar. (Longmont Times-Call)
Three new solar projects under construction in Colorado Springs will power 19,000 area homes when completed. (Colorado Springs Independent)

OIL AND GAS:
California regulators fined Chevron $2.7 million for illegally allowing multiple uncontrolled oil releases at a Kern County oil field. (Associated Press)
Experts say New Mexico’s effort to reuse wastewater from fracking is a step in the right direction, but the feasibility of treating water for use outside of the oil and gas sector is unclear. (New Mexico Political Report)
Methane sensors will be mounted on planes, trucks, and atop towers in the Permian Basin as part of a yearlong study to measure greenhouse gas emissions from surging oil and natural gas production in the region. (Associated Press)
Oil Search Alaska, the company behind one of the largest oil projects on Alaska’s North Slope, submitted an amended plan to state regulators to start producing oil a year early. (Alaska Journal of Commerce)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Tesla delivered a record-breaking 97,000 electric vehicles from July through September but is still behind on Elon Musk’s sales goal for the entire year. (Associated Press)

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POLLUTION: Utah is to receive $9.7 million from the EPA’s Targeted Airshed Grants program for projects to improve air quality in two areas of the state. (Deseret News)

COMMENTARY: A California environmental lobbyist says the state must utilize offshore wind in its fight against climate change. (Cal Matters)

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