Western Energy News

New Mexico energy law faces first court challenge

POLICY: Consumer and environmental groups have filed a petition with the New Mexico Supreme Court challenging the constitutionality of parts of the state’s new clean energy law. (Associated Press)

WIND: With the purchase of energy from a new wind farm, a Colorado cooperative will hit its recently announced clean energy goal a decade early. (Energy News Network)

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GRID: Regulatory proceedings in California could help utilities could help utilities around the country better define grid modernization plans. (Utility Dive)

SOLAR: Solar generation met more than 17% of California’s electricity demand in the first half of 2019, with Hawaii, Nevada and Arizona also seeing a share greater than 10%. (PV Magazine)

• California regulators launch a new effort to stem oil leaks, including one in Kern County that’s been flowing off and on for 16 years. (KQED)
• The economic benefits of the Permian drilling boom pose a challenge to New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s climate aspirations. (Bloomberg)
• Montana regulators propose new rules for disposal of radioactive waste from oil and gas operations. (Montana Public Radio)
• Developers of a New Mexico pipeline urge federal regulators to take action on their application, saying delays contribute to more flaring of natural gas. (S&P Global)

BIOMASS: An Arizona initiative seeks to find markets for the state’s wood waste overseas. (KNAU)

• Denver’s city council tables a proposal that would establish a new tax on energy use. (Denver Post)
• A research project aims to map carbon emissions block-by-block in the Los Angeles area. (Wired)
• Home and businesses are expected to surpass automobiles as the primary source of pollution in the Salt Lake City area. (Salt Lake Tribune)

TRANSMISSION: An Oregon county seeks assurances from state regulators on emergency response and other issues if a new transmission line is built. (East Oregonian)

UTILITIES: Officials in Fresno consider contracting with a community choice aggregator to save money on utility bills. (Fresno Bee)

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TRANSPORTATION: In an interview, the head of Colorado’s energy office makes the case for a low-carbon fuel standard. (Argus Media)

• Utah advocates say an upcoming U.N. conference will highlight the state’s progress on climate change. (Salt Lake Tribune)
• A Utah conservationist says energy efficiency could negate the need for utilities to invest in new nuclear technology. (Herald Journal)

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