Western Energy News

Wyoming governor vetoes coal export lawsuit bill

COAL: Wyoming’s governor vetoes a bill that would have authorized the state to sue Washington over its rejection of a proposed coal export terminal, saying the state should have “a coherent approach” to the issue. (Associated Press)

ALSO: A major Wyoming coal producer reports a $718 million loss for 2018, prompting some to speculate the company may be be close to filing for bankruptcy. (Casper Star Tribune)

***SPONSORED LINK: California is transforming how we utilize energy. From California’s new 2019 Building Energy Efficiency Standards to EV infrastructure and DERs, the California Solar Power Expo touches it all. Join us on April 25-26 in San Diego.***

POLITICS:
• Several clean energy measures make it past the legislative finish line in Utah including a $6.9 million electric vehicle investment, a carbon tax study and new measure giving communities more flexibility in achieving 100 percent renewable energy goals. (Deseret News)
• While New Mexico lawmakers pass a landmark clean energy bill, other energy issues receive only legislative tweaks. (New Mexico In Depth)

UTILITIES:
• Staffers for the Montana agency that regulates utilities are accusing the state’s largest power provider of actively working to undermine their ability to protect ratepayers. (Billings Gazette)
• An ampersand is all that separates a Portland, Oregon utility and a bankrupt, scandal-plagued California power provider in the social media sphere. (Bloomberg)

NUCLEAR: The head of the Nevada agency that oversees nuclear waste disposal and transportation says the Yucca Mountain site isn’t remotely ready to begin accepting shipments. (Nevada Appeal)

SOLAR:
• A Colorado tribe breaks ground on a $2 million solar project. (Durango Herald)
• A Tucson utility has enlisted the help of a flock of sheep to keep the vegetation cleared near one of its solar arrays. (Arizona Daily Star)

OIL & GAS: A Wyoming lawmaker talks about how the regulation of the state’s powerful oil and gas industry could be changing in the months ahead. (Casper Star Tribune)

**SPONSORED LINK: The Solar Power Finance & Investment Summit, March 19-21 in San Diego, is recognized as the leading gathering place for senior-level solar and financial executives to network and set their deal-making calendars for the upcoming year. See you at the 2019 summit! ***

TECHNOLOGY: A California startup is scheduled to begin testing a hybrid electric aircraft in Hawaii this year. (Maui News)

COMMENTARY:
• Energy efficiency — especially in the building sector — should be a focus in tackling the climate crisis, writes an executive for a stone wool insulation supplier. (Energy News Network, sponsored)
• Moving California’s buildings beyond fossil fuels is a lofty goal but a worthy one, says San Jose’s mayor. (CALmatters)
• It’s time for Alaska to stop giving away billions of oil credit dollars, says a former state senator. (Fairbanks News Miner)
• Officials associated with New Mexico’s ski industry applaud the governor for tackling climate change and expanding clean energy this legislative session. (Albuquerque Journal)

Comments are closed.