Western Energy News

PacifiCorp to close 20 of its 24 coal units in clean energy push

UTILITIES: Pacificorp releases an updated resource plan that includes significant investment in renewable energy, the closure of 83% of its coal-fired generating units by 2038 and major energy projects in Utah, Washington, Wyoming, and Oregon. (Seattle Times, Deseret News)

ALSO:
California utility PG&E tells a federal judge its system may have “contributed” to nine wildfires of 10 acres or larger this year; the judge demanded “precise details” for three related to vegetation and equipment. (Utility Dive)
A trustee in PG&E’s bankruptcy case and a consumer group are critical of the $140 million in attorney fees billed when the utility has yet to compensate many wildfire victims. (Mercury News)

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COAL:
Pacificorp’s plan to retire most of its coal units poses further challenges to Wyoming’s struggling industry, and could hasten coal’s demise in Colorado. (WyoFile, Colorado Politics)
A bankruptcy judge approved the latest sale of Blackjewel’s two Wyoming mines, clearing the way for them to be reopened. (Gillette News Record)
A federal judge finalized the transfer of three mines in Wyoming and Montana to the Navajo Transitional Energy Company, which says it will retain 1,200 employees. (Associated Press)

COAL ASH: A new coal ash study of three major U.S. coal sources, including the Powder River Basin, finds a significant increased risk for toxic water and soil contamination if those contaminants are left exposed. (Utility Dive)

WIND:
A new coalition of energy companies is pressuring California to set an ambitious goal for offshore wind development. (E&E News, subscription)
Honolulu’s City Council failed to make a decision on a resolution seeking tighter regulations for a wind farm project going up next to area schools. (Honolulu Star-Advertiser, subscription)

SOLAR: New Mexico advocates are calling for more support for community solar programs, which could offer new revenue opportunities for the state’s pueblos and tribal nations. (New Mexico Political Report)

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NUCLEAR: The Department of Energy names two scientists to lead an advanced nuclear energy effort at the Idaho National Laboratory. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY: Alaska’s Anchorage Economic Development Corporation says Hilcorp’s takeover from BP at the Prudhoe Bay oil field is an opportunity to embrace “new ways of doing things” to produce additional revenue. (Anchorage Daily News)

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