Western Energy News

Public gets more time to comment on plans to drill sage grouse habitat

We want to hear from you! Help us improve the Energy News Network by taking this short survey.

OIL AND GAS: A federal judge in Montana rules that the BLM can’t restrict public comments on a plan to allow drilling on sage grouse habitat; the ruling casts doubt on a controversial lease sale scheduled for December in Colorado. (Associated Press, Grand Junction Daily-Sentinel)

ALSO: Refineries in New Mexico and Texas are reaping economic benefits from surging oil and gas production in the Permian Basin. (San Antonio Express-News)

***SPONSORED LINK: Secure your spot for the EVs & the Grid Workshop, October 10-12 in West Hollywood, California. See the showcase of all public and private programs and initiatives that are enabling electrification. Government, utilities, and environmental advocates will guide property developers and fleet owners.***

RENEWABLES: A California city pledges to get all of its energy from renewable sources by 2035, a decade before the deadline set by the state. (The Tribune)

PUBLIC LANDS:
• During a visit to a national park in Utah, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke scoffs at the the notion that he’s giving away public lands to oil and gas companies. (Associated Press)
• A federal judge in Washington D.C. refuses the Trump administration’s request that three lawsuits challenging the decision to shrink two national monuments in Utah be moved to a court there, a win for the environmental groups that sued the government. (The Hill)

TRANSPORTATION: The Trump administration opens a series of meetings about its plan to roll back fuel efficiency standards in California’s Central Valley. (Bloomberg)

PIPELINES: The developer of the Keystone XL pipeline plans to start construction next year after the U.S. State Department review found that spills were unlikely. (Associated Press)

SUSTAINABILITY: With its $1.8 million monthly electricity bill, critics say the University of Washington is lagging behind other colleges in sustainability efforts. (The Seattle Times)

POLITICS:
• Supporters of a Nevada energy choice initiative say the state’s largest utility will likely spend millions of dollars to defeat a clean energy initiative should voters reject their ballot measure. (Reno Gazette-Journal)
• Colorado’s former governor talks about making the leap from politics to a venture capital firm where he continues to work on energy issues. (Forbes)
• Republicans push back on states they consider as “pro-regulation” — such as Washington, where the construction of a coal terminal was blocked due to pollution concerns. (Roll Call)

COAL: In the heart of Wyoming’s coal country, local businesses adapt to become less reliant on the volatile industry. (Sheridan Press)

SOLAR: A 25-panel solar array is installed at a Wyoming health clinic, a move expected offset about 98 percent of the facility’s energy costs. (Laramie Boomerang)

***SPONSORED LINK: Join us at Grid Modernization 2018, October 23-24 in Denver. The Summit will bring together regulators, utility leaders and key technology innovators to explore how to optimize grid investment, meet growing customer demands and operational needs.***

RESEARCH:
• California regulators awarded a $5 million grant to researchers trying to test a renewable energy microgrid at a naval facility. (Microgrid Knowledge)
• New Mexico researchers receive a $20 million grant to study grid modernization. (Albuquerque Journal)

COMMENTARY: A new book argues that public lands have more economic value if they’re left alone. (The New Republic)

 

Comments are closed.