Western Energy News

Return of net metering in Nevada gives solar a big boost

SOLAR: Solar energy is making a comeback in Nevada after net metering is revived. (Solar Industry)

GRID: Western power providers are pursuing the expansion of the Southwest Power Pool even after the high-profile departure of Xcel Energy. (The Oklahoman)

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OIL AND GAS:
• A member of the Texas Railroad Commission — which regulates the oil and gas industry — says it’s time to rebrand, citing the longstanding confusion over the agency’s responsibilities. (Wall Street Journal)
• Oklahoma oil companies are paying down debts as they return to profitability. (The Oklahoman)
• A Denver-area suburb strikes a deal with two oil and gas companies that will result in both ceasing operations inside the city limits. (Boulder Daily Camera)
• The oil and gas industry pushes back on reports that fracking caused a Denver-area boy’s blood to contain high levels of benzene. (The Denver Channel)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A new incentive program tries to shift Texans’ love for big trucks to vehicles than run on alternative fuels or are electric-powered. (Community Newspapers Holdings Inc.)

WIND: Environmental groups say a proposed 500 MW wind farm on public land in Nevada could disrupt wildlife habitat. (Las Vegas Weekly)

RENEWABLES: Questions linger about the possible economic impact of an Arizona clean energy initiative. (KPHO)

COAL: Low natural gas prices — not environmental regulations — are responsible for coal’s decline, according to new research from the University of Colorado and North Carolina State University. (Science Daily)

UTILITIES:
• An Oklahoma City-based utility generates a larger first quarter profit and gives partial credit to a streak of good weather. (The Oklahoman)
• The CEO of a natural gas utility responsible for a deadly explosion that killed a 12-year-old Dallas girl called the incident “an extremely unfortunate and tragic event.” (Dallas Morning News)

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NUCLEAR: Legislation that could resume the licensing process for the nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain could be up for a House vote next week. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

COMMENTARY:
• Our national parks are being loved to death, say Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Senator Lamar Alexander in a pitch for their plan to use proceeds from energy development for park maintenance. (CNN)

 

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