Western Energy News

Report: Denver has doubled solar capacity in three years

SOLAR: A new report from a national environmental group shows Denver has doubled its solar capacity since 2015. (Denver Post)

ALSO: Los Angeles is the top city in the nation for installed solar capacity, and Honolulu is the top city for capacity per capita, according to the same report. (Greentech Media)

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OIL AND GAS:
• Federal lawmakers from New Mexico have introduced a bill seeking to ban drilling on federal lands within a 10-mile radius of a pueblo-rich national park considered sacred by several Western tribes. (Reuters)
• Colorado’s top oil and gas regulator says his agency plans to issue new criteria for thousands of pending drilling applications days after new legislation revamping industry regulation is signed into law. (The Colorado Sun)
• Wyoming wildlife managers are delaying establishing migration routes for pronghorn antelope and mule deer after an alliance of oil and gas industry, agriculture and mining groups intervened. (Jackson Hole News and Guide)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: County leaders in San Diego are considering creating a plan to increase electric vehicle ownership and build out the local charging infrastructure. (San Diego Union Tribune)

COAL:
• Federal lawmakers from Wyoming and Montana have introduced legislation trying to restrict states’ authority under the Clean Water Act in an attempt to revive a Washington coal export terminal. (Billings Gazette)
• While Montana lawmakers debate a bill seeking to save a struggling coal plant, two conservation group-backed bills are headed to the governor to sign aimed at helping coal-dependent communities. (Utility Dive)

UTILITIES:
• California utility regulators are asking state lawmakers for $28 million to hire outside counsel to represent them in PG&E’s bankruptcy case. (San Francisco Chronicle)
• A Las Vegas data center company is suing Nevada regulators, alleging they are retaliating against them for leaving the state’s largest utility. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
• An administrative law judge in Arizona rules that a 2017 rate increase by the state’s largest utility isn’t unfair to its residential customers. (Arizona Republic)

TRANSPORTATION: Congressional Democrats are criticizing the EPA for breaking off talks with California to resolve a dispute over the Trump administration’s decision to roll back vehicle emission standards. (The Hill)

NUCLEAR: Congressional proponents of a plan to store the nation’s nuclear waste at Nevada’s Yucca Mountain are seeking to double the funding amount proposed to restart licensing. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

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WASTE TO ENERGY: Oregon environmentalists say a Salem trash incineration company shouldn’t be given the same kind of financial incentives as clean energy producers under a proposal being considered by state lawmakers. (Portland Mercury)

COMMENTARY: An Arizona columnist says newly released political spending disclosures show the state’s largest utility “immersed in politics and detached from any ethical concerns about using money ultimately derived from captive ratepayers.” (Arizona Daily Star)

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