Southwest Energy News

Oil and gas companies looking outside Colorado as opposition grows

OIL AND GAS: As opposition to drilling grows in parts of Colorado, some energy companies are looking elsewhere. (Denver Post)

ALSO:
• Environmentalists file a lawsuit to block drilling on 53 sites on public land in western Colorado. (Associated Press)
• Royal Dutch Shell is set to launch its largest ever oil platform, another sign the company hasn’t abandoned its deepwater ambitions in the Gulf of Mexico. (Houston Chronicle)
• Colorado regulators give a Denver-based energy company more time to file plans for a controversial oil and gas development proposed near Boulder. (Boulder Daily Camera)
• An Oklahoma City-based energy company completes layoffs of almost 300 people. (The Oklahoman)

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SOLAR:
• An Arizona solar company looks to open a solar module manufacturing plant in Ohio, prompting the Trump administration to declare a victory for its solar tariffs. (Reuters)
• A Texas electricity provider asks New Mexico regulators for approval of a community solar program. (Las Cruces Sun)

WIND:
• Quoting Bon Jovi, the CEO of the utility behind the massive Wind Catcher project in Oklahoma tells analysts the company is in much better shape compared to last year. (RTO Insider)
• Federal scientists win a national award for creating 3D printed wind turbine blades. (news release)

RENEWABLE ENERGY:
• Arizona utilities push for flexibility in meeting the clean energy goals of an ambitious plan pitched by a state regulator. (Utility Dive)
• Colorado clean energy advocates are pushing for Fort Collins to run totally on renewable energy by 2030. (The Coloradoan)

COAL: An Oklahoma utility is nearing completion of a multi-million project to install pollution control equipment at three of its coal-fired power plants. (The Oklahoman)

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NUCLEAR: A Nevada congresswoman expects to file a bill prohibiting the Energy Department from taking any action on the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository until alternative uses for the site can be studied. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

COMMENTARY:
• As a Colorado community copes with a power outage that lasts for days, a local writer questions the logic of relying on natural gas for electricity. (High Country News)
• Burning coal uses a lot of water and Colorado has none to spare, says a Durango climate change activist. (Durango Herald)

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