Western Energy News

Trade war forces closure of Washington solar panel supplier

SOLAR: A Washington state factory that produces a key component in solar panels is shutting down today because of the escalating trade war with China. (Columbia Basin Herald)

COAL: A Wyoming coal producer’s recent bankruptcy filing is another consequence of how cheaper resources like natural gas and renewable energy are edging out coal. (Utility Dive)

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PUBLIC LANDS: Congresswoman Deb Haaland of New Mexico has become a powerful voice for fellow Native Americans and the protection of public lands from fossil fuel development. (The Guardian)

CLIMATE: Two Oregon universities have withdrawn from a climate change denying group working to oppose the governor’s plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. (The Oregonian)

• Denver’s transit agency pays almost twice as much per mile to power the electric buses that serve a pedestrian mall than it does its conventional fleet, mostly due to high utility demand charges. (Denver Post)
• Arizona Corporation Commission staff have released a proposed implementation plan for a statewide electric vehicle policy that’s being opposed by one utility regulator who says it will lead to higher energy bills. (Utility Dive, Arizona Republic)

CARBON: A handful of Montana ranchers have signed contracts with a non-profit organization that sells carbon credits to companies like eBay and Clif Bar to offset their emissions. (Montana Public Radio)

• Oil and gas development near a national historical park in northern New Mexico has brought an influx of cash for some mineral owners, along with increased air pollution. (Searchlight New Mexico)
• Colorado oil and gas regulators are starting preliminary work on new drilling rules emphasizing safety and environmental protection. (Associated Press)
• A Denver suburb gives preliminary approval to a six-month moratorium on new drilling. (Broomfield Enterprise)
• County officials in southern Colorado are asking for an annual meeting with oil and gas operators in an effort to improve communication between the industry and local government. (Durango Herald)

• San Francisco may make a multi-billion offer to buy some of PG&E’s assets. (Bloomberg)
• Customers of a South Dakota utility would see a $6.5 million rate increase under a proposed legal settlement. (Billings Gazette)
• The CEO and chairman of a Washington utility who led its failed merger with a Canadian company is retiring. (The Spokesman-Review)

BIOMASS: Arizona’s largest utility has told regulators that it’s financially feasible for the company to convert one of its coal plants in order to burn forest by-products. (Arizona Daily Sun)

NUCLEAR: A House bill proposes stripping the $116 million requested by President Trump to restart the licensing process at Nevada’s Yucca Mountain. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

COMMENTARY: A nuclear advocate touts the security of the Nevada National Security Site where the federal government recently shipped plutonium from South Carolina. (Reno Gazette-Journal)

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