Western Energy News

Wyoming lawmakers seek new markets for state’s coal

COAL: Wyoming lawmakers consider marketing Powder River Basin coal to new customers internationally, hoping to boost the industry. (Casper Star-Tribune)

ALSO:
Coal mine bankruptcies are testing Gillette, Wyoming, which calls itself the energy capital of the U.S.: 600 people are unemployed, only 25% of workers have found jobs in two months, and the local economy is losing money. (NPR)
• “Zombie” mines sit idle in the West as the coal and uranium industries decline, leaving environmental cleanup and employees in limbo. (Center for Public Integrity, Ohio Valley Resource, High Country News)

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UTILITIES:
Tri-State Generation adds a new member that is not a co-op, making the company’s ratemaking subject to federal oversight. (Utility Dive)
Rocky Mountain Power is following the Idaho National Laboratory’s lead in fire-proofing some of its poles to make sure power isn’t lost in rural communities. (Post Register)

OIL & GAS:
The California legislature approves a bill that requires state officials to consider health and environmental impacts when reviewing oil and gas permits. (Bloomberg)
Economists say Colorado’s oil and gas and recreation industries both have impacts on land and rural communities, but can “coexist” in pursuit of economic diversity and need protecting. (Colorado Sun)
Colorado regulators released the text of an agreement with Weld County outlining deadlines for oil and gas drilling permits in unincorporated parts of the area. (Associated Press)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
A new report says rapid adoption of electric vehicles in the Seattle area could overwhelm the grid if the city doesn’t coordinate with utilities. (E&E News)
An EV charging station is opening in a rural area of Colorado nicknamed the “Valley of Death” by electric motorists because of the sparsity of chargers. (Alamosa News)

CLIMATE:
Denver joins the list of municipalities and states challenging the Trump Administration’s repeal of the Obama-era Clean Power Plan. (Denver Post)
A resident-led proposed “Resilient Denver” energy tax on homes and businesses collected enough signatures to make the November 2020 ballot. (Denver Post)

NUCLEAR: The U.S. Department of Energy is seeking a new contractor to oversee operations at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, a nuclear waste repository near Carlsbad, New Mexico. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)

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GRID: Xcel Energy reports the electric grid in its New Mexico and Texas service region set an all-time peak demand record during an especially hot day in August 26. (Austin American-Statesman)

COMMENTARY:
A columnist says leasing the Arctic Refuge to oil and gas drillers while Trump is in office breeds political discord and may backfire economically. (Forbes)
Colorado conservationists and residents say the Interior Department systematically ignores public opinion input and strips conservation from Colorado’s wildest public lands. (Colorado Central Magazine)

 

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