Western Energy News

Watchdog to investigate drilling push near Utah monument

PUBLIC LANDS: A government watchdog agency will investigate whether the U.S. Department of Interior broke the law by making lands available for oil and gas leasing that was once a part of national monument in Utah. (Associated Press)

SOLAR:
Solar training initiatives for former prisoners are popping up around the country in places like California, where some non-profits are working to create clean energy opportunities for members of a marginalized community. (Energy News Network)
A 690 MW solar project under development in Nevada is receiving pushback from environmental groups concerned about its potential impacts on plants and wildlife. (Las Vegas Sun)

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CLIMATE: After a marathon debate, the Oregon House of Representatives passes cap-and-trade legislation, which now heads heads to the Senate for a vote. (The Oregonian)

WILDFIRES: California lawmakers are struggling to determine how much money the state needs for a wildfire fund and how much will come out of the pockets of utility customers to support such an endeavor. (Los Angeles Times)

UTILITIES:
PG&E’s shareholders will meet this week to consider reorganizing the board of directors. (Sacramento Bee)
Arizona’s governor says state regulators might be overstepping their bounds by telling utilities how much of their power must come from renewable energy. (Arizona Capitol Times)

COAL:
Wyoming’s governor is banking on carbon capture technology to be the magic bullet that saves the state’s struggling coal industry, as well as provide a solution to climate change. (WyoFile)
A federal bankruptcy judge has set July 8 as the last day to submit bids to buy a struggling coal company’s assets, including mines in Wyoming and Montana. (Gillette News Record)

WIND: A Danish wind turbine manufacturer has launched an apprentice program with a northern Colorado school district to help train students to work at its Windsor production facility. (Greeley Tribune)

BIOFUELS: A growing number of California dairies are earning a percentage of their sales from the electricity generated by converting manure into biogas, though the fledgling industry is far from self-sufficient. (Bakersfield Californian)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
Sales of electric cars in the San Francisco Bay area have increased from 7% in 2017 to 13% last year, according to a local nonprofit. (San Francisco Chronicle)
Washington’s governor is set to test drive the state’s first electric school bus, which is part of a pilot program being launched at a Tacoma district. (KIRO)

OIL & GAS: Oregon lawmakers give preliminary approval to a bill that would create new fees on oil train cars to help pay for spill prevention and planning. (The Oregonian)

COMMENTARY: The director of a Montana-based public lands advocacy group says it’s crucial that Western governors hold Interior Secretary David Bernhardt accountable for “orchestrating the historic damage being done to our public lands and wildlife” (The Hill)

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