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)

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• 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)

• 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)

• 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)

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• 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)

• 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.

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