Western Energy News

Permian methane emissions enough to power seven million homes

EMISSIONS: A new study finds that the Permian Basin’s oil fields are leaking enough methane to supply seven million households, more than two times higher than federal estimates. (InsideClimate News)

RENEWABLE ENERGY: Navajo Power’s CEO says there is a near-term potential of 10 GW of renewable resources across the Navajo Nation. (PV Magazine)

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CLIMATE: Nevada’s state climate policy coordinator says addressing climate issues will have long term benefits for the state despite budgetary concerns. (KNPR)

OIL & GAS:
Almost three dozen oil tankers carrying 20 million barrels of oil are gathered off California’s coast, with nowhere to unload. (Bloomberg)
New Mexico’s Land Office approves an emergency rule allowing oil and gas companies leasing state trust land to temporarily stop producing without penalty for at least 30 days. (E&E News, subscription)
Two Alaskan U.S. Senators sign a letter to the Treasury Secretary and Federal Reserve Chairman advocating for loans for the oil and gas industry. (KINY)
New Mexico environmental groups accuse the Trump administration of proposing a “bailout” for the oil and gas industry and want federal lawmakers to oppose any relief. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)
Weld County, Colorado officials are expecting a significant shortfall in oil-related revenue in 2022 due to the coronavirus crisis. (Colorado Daily)

CALIFORNIA: PG&E CEO Bill Johnson plans to retire in June as the utility exits bankruptcy, just over one year after joining. (New York Times)

PUBLIC LANDS: A Colorado community’s plan to help the BLM  diversify the use of the area’s public lands away from coal over the next 20 years is up against President Trump’s push for “energy dominance.” (Colorado Sun)

NATURAL GAS:
• PG&E has begun constructing a liquid natural gas plant in Calistoga, California after being granted eminent domain over a portion of a private vineyard owner’s land. (Napa Valley Register)
• Opinions are divided on plans to bring natural gas to remote rural towns in Utah. (Salt Lake Tribune)

SOLAR: A spokesperson for Arizona-based First Solar says the company sees “a lot of potential” in the community choice aggregator market. (PV Magazine)

COAL: New Mexico regulators are delaying making a decision on resources to replace the capacity from the San Juan Generating Station. (Santa Fe New Mexican)

COMMENTARY:
A San Francisco think tank explains how “all-source” procurement can help utility regulators cut costs and air pollution across the electricity grid, citing Xcel Colorado as an example. (Forbes)
A Colorado state senator says prioritizing climate change will be key to the state recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. (Denver Post)
Pew Charitable Trusts’ vice president advocates for removing dams where science shows they do more harm than good, citing initiatives in several Western states. (The Hill)

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