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COAL: Farmington, New Mexico, abandons efforts to assume ownership of the retired San Juan coal plant, reopens it and partners with an energy company to retrofit it with carbon capture, saying legal defeats rendered the plan unfeasible. (Farmington Daily Times)
SO: A Navajo Nation-owned energy company sues BSNF railroad for allegedly breaching its contract to haul coal from its Powder River Basin mines to West Coast ports for export. (Associated Press)
• Xcel Energy obtains key land-use permits for about 300 miles of its proposed Colorado’s Power Pathway high-transmission line linking wind power facilities in the eastern part of the state with urban areas. (Kiowa County Press)
• Tens of thousands of households in northern California remain without power more than a day after a severe earthquake wreaked widespread damage. (Associated Press)
• A powerful storm damages utility equipment in Hawaii, leaving about 40,000 households without power. (Honolulu Star Advertiser)
UTILITIES: An embattled southern California clean energy authority hires a former local mayor as its new director of communications and external affairs. (Los Angeles Times)
OIL & GAS:
• An oil company sells a 387-acre former petroleum site on the southern California coast to a land conservation organization and agrees to cap and reclaim wells and conduct other restoration at the site. (Bakersfield Californian)
• Wyoming conservationists accuse Gov. Mark Gordon dragging his feet on designating a protected wildlife corridor that could hamper development of a proposed $17 billion oil and gas drilling project. (WyoFile)
• The federal Bureau of Land Management seeks public input on proposed oil and gas lease sales on about 96,000 acres in Wyoming and 17,000 acres in Utah. (news release)
ELECTRIFICATION: Denver, Colorado’s city council rejects environmentalists’ calls to ban natural gas hookups in new construction, saying they need more time to study the matter. (Colorado Sun)
• The federal Bureau of Land Management seeks public input on a proposal to streamline solar permitting in six southwestern states. (news release)
• The US Agriculture Department awards $425,000 to six businesses in Colorado and $539,000 to 12 in Idaho to fund solar installations. (news release, Idaho Capital Sun)
WIND: Energy analysts say the recent federal offshore wind lease sale in California drew lower bids than expected due to uncertainties of West Coast development, but could benefit ratepayers in the long run. (Utility Dive)
• Uranium Energy Corp says it will use proceeds from uranium sales to the new US reserve to ramp up production at its Wyoming mines. (World Nuclear News)
• A Wyoming coal town’s officials say that a proposed nuclear reactor’s two-year construction delay should allow them to prepare for the arrival of up to 2,000 plant construction workers. (Casper Star-Tribune)
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