Western Energy News

New plan emerges for California wildfire victims

UTILITIES: PG&E bondholders have teamed up with wildfire victims in an effort to take control from shareholders and reorganize the company. (San Francisco Chronicle)

ALSO:
• Colorado regulators criticize Tri-State Generation’s addition of a new member as a “hasty” effort to avoid state oversight. (Utility Dive)
The City of Pueblo, Colorado, is critical of a feasibility study on the municipalization of electric operations paid for and commissioned by Black Hills Energy. (Pueblo Chieftain)
Colorado regulators will begin taking public comments next week on the rate increase proposed by Colorado’s largest utility to pay for infrastructure upgrades. (Denver Post)

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WIND: The Jackson Hole ski resort in Wyoming announces it will offset all of its electricity use with wind power. (Casper Star-Tribune)

TRANSPORTATION:
President Trump’s effort to revoke California’s clean air authority could threaten the state’s electric vehicle rebate program. (Utility Dive)
“Good old-fashioned salesmanship” seems to be working in Colorado as car buyers and lawmakers embrace transitioning to electric vehicles to combat climate change. (Westword)

OIL & GAS:
New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announces a partnership to develop a “data refinery” to track methane emissions by satellite. (New Mexico Political Report)
A new report reveals the cost to clean up abandoned oil and gas wells on public lands is a major concern in western states — particularly Wyoming, where companies abandoned almost 6,000 oil and gas wells since 2014. (Associated Press)

PIPELINES: Another exposed section of a PG&E natural gas pipeline has been found in a Lafayette, California, regional park, this time near a girl scout camp. (East Bay Times)

COAL: The closure of a Montana coal mine could also impact a nearby sugar refinery. (Billings Gazette)

CLIMATE:
• Amazon pledges to be carbon neutral by 2040 but still faces a walkout today by employees who want the company to set a more aggressive plan. (Vox)
• Microsoft workers are also protesting their employer’s “complicity in the climate crisis” by walking off the job today. (The Verge)
With Alaska experiencing climate change faster than other parts of the planet, the City of Anchorage is making it a point to include an Indigenous perspective in its first climate action plan even if the state does not. (Public Radio International)
In an interview, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee says “Republicans are losing the battle” on climate change. (Vanity Fair)

EFFICIENCY: Officials in a Colorado county approve a resolution authorizing property-assessed financing for energy improvements on commercial and multifamily buildings. (Prowers Journal)

GRID:
The likelihood of  higher electric rates from Homer to Fairbanks, Alaska, is high after the state’s largest hydro plant was knocked offline by this summer’s Kenai Peninsula wildfire. (Anchorage Daily News)
A new Gridworks report says California needs a plan to resolve shifts set to occur in the state’s gas system as clean electricity and carbon-neutrality targets cause a dramatic decline in gas demand in decades to come. (YubaNet)
An Alaska village partners with its electric co-op to develop a battery storage project. (KNBA)

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SOLAR: A “solar roadway” demonstration project in northern Idaho is being upgraded with new panels. (Bonner County Daily Bee)

COMMENTARY:
Young advocates in Colorado explain why they’re joining the climate strike: “We don’t have time to wait until we’re old enough to vote.” (Aspen Times)
A Utah advocate says “if you do nothing you are almost as paralyzing to the problem as the climate deniers.” (Salt Lake Tribune)
A conservation advocate says “the bottom line is that Wyoming coal will never regain its former glory” and urges the state to act accordingly. (Sheridan Press)

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