Western Energy News

Wyoming denies state land lease for wind farm

WIND: Wyoming regulators deny a lease on state land for a portion of a proposed 500 MW wind farm that would have generated $480,000 a year in revenue for the state. (Casper Star-Tribune)

OIL & GAS: Colorado regulators preliminarily approve a rule change ending routine flaring and venting of natural gas at drilling sites in a 5-0 vote. (Bloomberg, subscription)

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UTILITIES:
Black Hills Energy announces plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions for its electric and natural gas utility operations in Wyoming, Colorado, and South Dakota over the next two decades. (Rapid City Journal)
California’s utility regulator in its annual Renewables Portfolio Standard report says utilities are on track with achieving the state’s renewables goals. (Daily Energy Insider)
Xcel Energy praises Boulder voters’ approval of a deal that pauses efforts to form a city utility, saying “we are stronger working together to advance our shared goals.” (Denver Business Journal)
PG&E hauls away evidence from the origin point of the Zogg fire in the presence of state regulators, prosecutors, and a TV news crew. (KXTV)

COAL: Two Montana coal companies owe more than $9 million gross proceeds taxes to state and local governments. (Billings Gazette)

NUCLEAR:
A subcontractor at a New Mexico nuclear waste repository launches a $32 million lawsuit, alleging the company operating the facility breached its contract to rebuild the facility’s air system. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)
PG&E’s Diablo Canyon nuclear plant remains completely offline, and the utility is unable to say when it will resume sending power to the grid. (KCBX)

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SOLAR:
A Southern California community choice aggregator signs a 15-year power purchase agreement with a Utah developer, enabling a 56MW solar and 28MW / 112MWh battery energy storage project to move forward. (Energy Storage News)
• A global energy and services company completes a 2.5 MW rooftop solar installation at a California condominium complex that began in 2017. (Solar Industry Magazine)

COMMENTARY:
A California lawmaker praises a biogas business for finding an innovative way to create jobs in the Central Valley while combating greenhouse gases. (Bakersfield Californian)
A New Mexico State Rep. and former Democratic candidate say the carbon capture plan for the San Juan Generating Station is not unrealistic, but the downsides shouldn’t be ignored. (Albuquerque Journal)

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