Western Energy News

Residential electricity prices are plummeting in Texas’s competitive markets

GRID: Residential electricity prices in deregulated areas of Texas dropped almost 20 percent between 2007 and 2016, according to a new analysis. (Dallas Morning News)

ALSO: A Texas congressman suggests air quality rules threaten the Texas grid. (Houston Chronicle)

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EFFICIENCY: Salt Lake City has a new fire station that is a net zero energy building, only the second such fire station in the nation. (News4Utah)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Colorado will miss out on the launch of electric Subarus due to the state’s lack of zero emission vehicle requirements, local car dealers say. (Colorado Politics)
• A Utah utility is offering $3,000 rebates on all 2018 Nissan Leafs. (Provo Daily Herald)
Electric scooters are now available to rent in Scottsdale, Arizona. (12 News)

OIL AND GAS:
• The governor of Colorado says if cities want to limit oil and gas development, they should look at Longmont’s play book. (Colorado Public Radio)
• The BLM releases its final environmental impact statement for a utility corridor to support a massive oil shale mining project in eastern Utah. (Deseret News)
• The Texas attorney general weighs in on a personnel dispute between oil and gas regulators. (The Texas Tribune)

JOBS: Led by the natural gas and energy efficiency sectors, energy jobs grew by 11 percent in Colorado last year, according to a new report. (Colorado Politics)

UTILITIES: Officials with Arizona’s largest electric utility dispute environmentalists’ claims that their latest request for proposals will violate the state’s natural gas moratorium. (Utility Dive)

WIND: An Oklahoma town asks the Air Force for help in its fight against the wind industry. (News On 6)

PUBLIC LANDS: Two Republican federal lawmakers from Colorado have invited Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to tour the Western Slope to see how outdoor recreation and energy development interact on public lands. (Grand Junction Daily Sentinel)

COMMENTARY:
• New Mexico must make massive, game-changing investments into the production of clean energy on state lands, says a Democratic candidate for state land commissioner. (Albuquerque Journal)
•  As Utah’s largest electric utility prepares for its next planning cycle, it must include not only renewable energy, but also storage, says a clean energy advocate. (Deseret News)
• If Rick Perry really believes in free and competitive markets, he should support a small carbon tax to encourage innovation and reward companies that control their pollution, says a Houston Chronicle business columnist.
• The director of the New Mexico Utility Shareholders Alliance says the state’s largest utility is transitioning to clean energy, but can’t walk away from some contractual fossil fuel obligations. (Santa Fe New Mexican)
• While Fort Collins should pursue clean energy goals, it shouldn’t rush toward an arbitrary deadline, says the editorial board of the The Coloradoan.

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