Western Energy News

Solar advocates win seats on Arizona utility’s board

SOLAR: Two solar advocates win seats on an Arizona utility’s board of directors in a hotly contested race. (Arizona Republic)

ALSO:
A northern Colorado utility gets a slew of bids from companies hoping to develop a solar plus storage project. (The Coloradoan)
San Antonio ranks sixth in the nation for installed solar capacity, according to a new report. (Rivard Report)
Funding for Arizona State University’s solar research programs is preserved under the recently passed federal budget. (The State Press)
Denver has tripled its solar power since 2014, according to a new report from an environmental group. (Denverite)

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UTILITIES:
Texas power generators are gearing up for a summer that could feature extreme heat, outages and spiking market prices. (Houston Chronicle)
Colorado regulators direct Pueblo’s power provider to reconsider proposed residential rate increases. (Pueblo Chieftain)

OIL AND GAS:
A coalition of eastern Utah counties is exploring the idea of building a new railroad route through northwest Colorado to move oil shipments from the Uinta Basin. (Grand Junction Daily Sentinel)
Scientists suspect a rash of earthquakes in Colorado and New Mexico are likely caused by pumping wastewater from oil and gas sites into the ground. (Fox 31)

 

WIND: A multinational baking company agrees to buy wind from a 100 MW farm in Texas. (Wind Power Monthly)

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EFFICIENCY:
Western Colorado senior citizens benefit from a home energy efficiency program. (Glenwood Springs Post-Independent)
The first certified “passive” home is built in Texas, or as its builder describes it, “a green home on steroids.” (NBCDFW)

COMMENTARY:
Not only are electric cars better for our planet, they’re affordable too, says the co-chair of the Electric Auto Association of Northern Nevada. (Reno Gazette Journal)
A Colorado state senator says a BLM proposal to allow drilling near the Great Sand Dunes National Park would ruin local economies. (Pueblo Chieftain)
An Arizona columnist asks who’s more believable when it comes a clean energy initiative: “bought and paid for” politicians who claim electric bills will skyrocket or a scientist who says the measure could lead to record low prices? (Arizona Republic)

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