Western Energy News

Pipeline shortage causes West Texas gas prices to tumble

OIL AND GAS: A pipeline shortage in the Permian Basin leaves gas trapped in the prolific Texas oil field, causing prices there to drop 32 percent in a year. (Bloomberg)

ALSO:
• A Denver energy company closes public access to property it recently purchased western Colorado, irking neighbors who were allowed to hunt there by the previous owners. (Grand Junction Daily Sentinel)
• As the Permian Basin booms, the labor shortage in West Texas is getting worse. (Houston Chronicle)

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POLICY: A Colorado clean energy think tank faces criticism from scientists who say a recently published paper contains “significant errors.” (Greentech Media)

WIND: Oklahoma lawmakers approve a bill that would restrict wind turbine construction near military installations. (The Oklahoman)

RENEWABLES: A central Texas city that runs completely on renewable energy wants to pay residents to install solar panels. (KXAN)

SOLAR:
• An Oklahoma utility brings a 10 MW solar plant online. (The Oklahoman)
• Construction will begin soon on a 3 MW solar farm in central New Mexico. (Ruidoso News)

UTILITIES:
• A Colorado congressman says state lawmakers’ decision to shift from an “all of the above” energy approach played a role in raising Pueblo’s electric rates. (Pueblo Chieftain)
• More than $600 million in legal fees have piled up in the bankruptcy case of a former Texas power provider. (The Texas Lawbook)

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COAL: A New Mexico town allocates money for lawyers to keep the city council informed about the planned closure of a nearby coal plant. (Farmington Daily Times)

COMMENTARY: An editorial board says Arizona residents should support a citizen-led clean energy initiative to have a say about how electricity is generated in the future. (The Daily Courier)

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