Western Energy News

Wyoming’s first utility-scale solar project clears a regulatory hurdle

SOLAR: Federal officials approve Wyoming’s first utility-scale solar project. (Casper Star-Tribune)

ELECTRIC CARS: A Southern California utility is proposing to use $760 million in ratepayer funds to build 48,000 electric vehicle charging stations over four years. (Greentech Media)

***SPONSORED LINK: Check out More Power To You, an independent podcast about the policy and politics shaping our clean energy economy. Listen for free, on Apple Podcasts or on your app of choice. ***

GRID:
• A plan to expand California’s power grid to other Western states advances in the state Senate. (San Diego Union-Tribune)
• A proposed new transmission connection to California could lead to a new wind energy boom in Wyoming. (PRI)

EFFICIENCY:
• A Sacramento utility launches a lucrative rebate program for customers wanting to convert their homes to become all-electric. (Greentech Media)
• A California startup that uses chunks of ice to cool buildings has secured $40 million in private equity financing. (Bloomberg)

UTILITIES: Environmentalists say Hawaiian regulators made a “landmark” move when they recently decided to prohibit a utility from passing all of its fuel costs on to its customers. (Utility Dive)

COAL:
• Opponents of a plan to expand California’s grid to include other Western states say such a move might benefit the coal industry and set back clean energy. (San Diego Union-Tribune)
• A Wyoming coal town trying to diversify its economy is looking at the fossil fuel in new ways. (PRI)

***SPONSORED LINK: Registration is now open for the TransGrid-X 2030 Symposium on July 26, in Ames, Iowa. The event will showcase the long-awaited NREL Seam Study—a concept featuring bi-directional high-voltage transmission; 600 GW of wind, solar and gas-fired generation; and a trillion-dollar economic event if fully built. ***

OIL AND GAS:
• A Los Angeles city department will look to a natural gas plant in Utah for new power; environmental groups oppose the move. (Los Angeles Times)
• As BLM ramps up drilling in Colorado, conservation groups accuse the federal agency of skipping required environmental reviews. (Denver Post)
• Faced with declining production in Latin America and increasing costs of exports from Saudi Arabia, California is importing more oil from Canada. (Reuters Africa)

COMMENTARY:
• California utilities can’t foot the bill for wildfires and other climate disasters without harming customers, says a former state regulator. (Greentech Media)
• A federal judge’s decision to dismiss two California cities’ lawsuits against top oil companies injects more confusion into climate law, says a Los Angeles Times columnist.

Comments are closed.