Western Energy News

Wyoming approves first new coal mine in nearly 50 years

COAL: Wyoming environmental regulators approve a company’s application to construct the state’s first new coal mine in almost half a century. (Casper Star-Tribune)

ALSO:
• Peabody Energy and Arch Resources challenge a federal agency’s claim that a proposed merger would cause “anticompetitive harm” to Wyoming’s Powder River Basin. (Wyoming Public Media)
• The owners of a Colorado coal-fired power plant set a September 2028 retirement date for one of its three generating units. (Grand Junction Daily Sentinel)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A University of California, Davis, study finds that replacing gas-powered Uber or Lyft vehicles with electric cars delivers three times the carbon benefits of a personally-owned electric vehicle. (UC Davis)

ELECTRIFICATION: Some electrification backers consider retiring the phrase “gas ban” in favor of language and policies that encourage or require all electric new construction. (S&P Global)

RENEWABLE ENERGY: PacifiCorp aims to add 4.3 GW in solar, wind, and battery storage projects in the Pacific Northwest and Rocky Mountain regions by 2023. (PV Magazine)

EMISSIONS: A Colorado Springs city planner believes the municipality can reduce its emissions 90% by 2050. (Mountain Town News)

EFFICIENCY: The EPA recognizes Southern California Gas for its commitment to environmental protection and energy efficient construction. (news release)

NUCLEAR: A New Mexico nuclear watchdog organization wants the state’s Supreme Court to block construction of a utility shaft at a DOE nuclear waste facility. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)

PUBLIC LANDS: Alaska Native advocates continue to complain that the BLM is limiting public input into the agency’s plans to massively expand oil and gas drilling along the North Slope. (ABC News)

TRANSPORTATION: Chevron announces an initiative to provide carbon-negative renewable natural gas trucks to California ports. (Environment + Energy Leader)

STORAGE: A California-based sodium-ion battery developer secures $35 million in a series D venture capital funding round. (PV Magazine)

WIND:
• A Wyoming county advances proposed changes to wind energy regulations but isn’t ruling out stricter measures. (Laramie Boomerang)
• A New Mexico college is set to purchase a utility-scale wind turbine simulator to train students in their maintenance and operation. (Farmington Daily Times)

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SOLAR: A Colorado solar developer preparing to sell a subsidiary files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. (Colorado Hometown Weekly)

COMMENTARY: Pulitzer Prize-winning climate reporter Steven Mufson on a podcast discusses recent setbacks for multibillion-dollar pipeline projects including Keystone XL. (Greentech Media)

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