Western Energy News

Work begins on massive California solar farm

SOLAR: Construction begins on a 200 MW solar farm in California with plans for the facility to begin operating later next year. (Renewables Now)

WIND:
• Colorado researchers are testing a new generation of lighter and more flexible wind turbines, which were inspired by palm trees. (Boulder Daily Camera)
• Neighbors are suing to block the construction a 80 MW wind farm in Montana, saying the project will harm local wetlands and wildlife. (Associated Press)

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PUBLIC LANDS: Recent discord over the Trump administration’s plan to manage sage grouse illustrates why some Western governors are frustrated with the U.S. Department of Interior’s top-down management approach to public lands. (Casper Star-Tribune)

UTILITIES: A Southern California utility has raised residential baseline rates by 80 percent since 2014, an increase attributed to steps aimed at reducing wildfire risk and other system improvements. (San Diego Union-Tribune)

RENEWABLES: Hawaii’s renewable energy portfolio suffered several setbacks this year due to natural disasters, but local leaders are determined to get back on track. (Hawaii Tribune Herald)

TECHNOLOGY: A Hawaii startup is funding a California company that retrofits airplanes with batteries and other ventures focused on clean energy and transportation. (Honolulu Star-Advertiser)

COAL: The Sierra Club appeals a judge’s decision to keep an Oregon utility’s coal study under wraps. (The Bend Bulletin)

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OIL AND GAS: An oil and gas company is proposing to conduct a seismic survey of 28,000 acres of federal land in southern Colorado. (Grand Junction Daily Sentinel)

COMMENTARY:
• A carbon tax could be a good idea but it has to be sufficiently high enough to compel changes in producer and consumer behavior. (Los Angeles Times)
• An Arizona columnist says it’s disappointing to see the state attorney general capitulating to a utility spending millions of dollars trying to defeat a clean energy initiative. (Arizona Republic)
• If Alaska voters approve a ballot measure that aims to save the state’s salmon population, there will be no new oil and gas development or mines, says former U.S. Senator and Governor Frank Murkowski. (Anchorage Daily News)
• A Washington newspaper’s editorial board urges voters to approve a ballot measure seeking to create a carbon fee. (The Olympian)

 

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