Western Energy News

Old wind turbine blades could help in coal mine reclamation

WIND: Wyoming regulators are working out the details of a new law that allows decommissioned wind turbine blades to be used as backfill in coal mine reclamation. (Casper Star-Tribune)

ALSO: PacifiCorp says its 114-turbine 240 MW wind farm project in Montana is on track to be completed by the end of the year. (Billings Gazette)

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CALIFORNIA: A federal judge imposes new wildfire prevention requirements on PG&E’s probation resulting from the deadly San Bruno gas pipeline explosion in 2010. (San Francisco Chronicle)

HYDROPOWER: A new study reveals the decline of hydropower in California due to drought and the resulting energy shortfall and increased utility costs. (Mercury News)

COAL:
• A New Mexico lawmaker says investment and economic planning to reinvigorate areas hit by coal retirements are as important as buying clean energy to support communities in transition. (Greentech Media)
• A landowner group challenges a permit by a coal technology company to revive a Wyoming mine. (Casper Star-Tribune)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A Colorado official says they expect the state will continue to be one of the places where electric vehicle adoption will grow rapidly. (Colorado Politics)

SOLAR: City officials in Laramie, Wyoming approve a plan for a 160 MW solar project backed by battery storage. (Laramie Boomerang)

NUCLEAR:
Former vice president and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden opposes uranium mining in the Grand Canyon, citing its importance to Native American tribes. (Arizona Republic)
The transfer of dozens of canisters filled with nuclear waste from wet storage pools to a newly constructed dry storage facility at California’s San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station is complete. (Los Angeles Times)

OIL & GAS:
Environmentalists raise concerns about a proposed exemption for low-emitting wells in New Mexico with emissions of less than 15 tons per year as Permian Basin regulators want more regulations for oil and gas air pollution. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)
New research shows that a handful of oil and gas companies are responsible for 74% of natural gas flaring in New Mexico. (E&E News, subscription)

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PUBLIC LANDS:
The BLM announces approval for the development of up to 4,250 oil and gas wells for a Wyoming project that could generate $375.5 million in royalties and taxes annually. (Oil City News)
Current and former Interior Department staffers question the status of the BLM’s promised oil and gas lease sale in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. (E&E News, subscription)

COMMENTARY:
A California editorial board says the state should require new homes to have batteries as well as solar panels. (Santa Barbara Independent)
An Arizona columnist questions the authority of state regulators in the wake of their stalemate on tougher clean energy requirements. (Arizona Republic)
A Colorado lawmaker and a former New Mexico regulator say the West needs its own regional transmission operator. (Utility Dive)

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