New Mexico's largest utility on April 1 got the go-ahead from state regulators to abandon its interest in Units 1 and 4 of the coal-fired San Juan Generating Station near Farmington and to recover the costs of its undepreciated assets in the plant through securitization.
More than 50 environmental groups signed a March 25 letter urging the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to extend public comment on its draft environmental impact statement regarding Holtec International's proposed nuclear waste storage facility in southeastern New Mexico.
Arizona Public Service has revised the scope of Palo Verde Generating Station's planned refueling and maintenance outage of its Unit 2 reactor in response to the growing COVID-19 pandemic. The refueling had been scheduled for early April, according to a filing submitted March 20 to the Arizo…
The Public Utilities Commission of Nevada is advancing a new rulemaking to implement SB 154, a 2019 law that will eventually require the incorporation of renewable natural gas into utility portfolios when possible.
A coalition of 32 Native American, community and environmental organizations urged the U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Land Management to halt the progress of development on federal lands in New Mexico until the COVID-19 health crisis has passed.
After a long process, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association of Westminster, Colorado, has officially come under federal rate jurisdiction.
The Arizona Corporation Commission at its monthly meeting March 24 approved a certificate of environmental compatibility for 103.5 miles of a 125-mile high-voltage transmission line that will enhance power delivery between Arizona and California.
The Public Utilities Commission of Nevada and NV Energy on March 25 discussed—via teleconference, due to COVID-19—revisions to the state's policy that allows large customers to leave, with commission approval, the bundled service of NV Energy and obtain power on the wholesale market.
Unprecedented declines in oil and gas prices have brought a wave of uncertainty to New Mexico, where the industry accounts for around 45 percent of the state's overall revenues.
The new coronavirus brought further disruption across the West this week, shuttering schools and businesses and altering the activity of utilities and regulatory commissions.
The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission at a March 18 meeting ruled that Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, a Colorado-based wholesale cooperative that serves rural electric co-ops in four states, is a state-regulated utility subject to the commission's jurisdiction under…
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission on March 10 recommended issuing a license authorizing the construction and operation of a proposed nuclear waste storage facility near Carlsbad, New Mexico.
Three bills supporting increased electric-vehicle development in Utah cleared the House and Senate amid growing concern for the state's air quality as the Legislature concluded its session March 12. The bills are now headed to Gov. Gary Herbert's desk. A bill amending carbon emissions reduct…
When Coloradans step up to the ballot box this fall, they might be considering an initiative that adds language to the revised statutes banning restrictions on natural gas in new buildings.
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis on March 6 nominated Megan Gilman to serve on the state's Public Utilities Commission after Polis' previous nominee, Susan Perkins, withdrew her name. Gilman's nomination passed the Colorado Senate Transportation and Energy Committee March 12 and will now go before …
The Arizona Corporation Commission is considering significant changes to state energy procurement rules and held workshops on March 11 and 12 to discuss the proposals.
The Navajo Nation, which has suffered economically from the downturn in coal generation and mining on and near its land and has been disproportionately affected by uranium mining, is reckoning with its energy legacy while making plans for a new energy future.
Understaffing at the Arizona Corporation Commission could harm the state's economy as permitting for new business infrastructure collides with a crunch of utility rate cases.
New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on March 3 signed a bill funding modernization of the state's electricity grid, and another aimed at expanding transmission facilities to carry renewables.
NV Energy on Feb. 28 filed to state regulators a nearly 150-page Natural Disaster Protection Plan outlining how it would prevent or respond to a number of natural catastrophes.
The North Las Vegas City Council on Feb. 19 approved a five-year customer service agreement with NV Energy that stipulates the municipality will remain an exclusive customer of the utility in exchange for annual payments of $250,000.
NV Energy on Feb. 27 filed to the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada a report on the progress of its 2019-2021 action plan, reviewing the status of all planned facilities approved by the commission, including solar and energy storage facilities.
Developers of a proposed carbon capture, utilization and sequestration project at the San Juan Generating Station in New Mexico say critics did not have access to studies that support the project's feasibility. Enchant Energy and the City of Farmington on Feb. 28 issued a lengthy response to…
The Arizona Corporation Commission is considering introducing retail electric competition in the state, but is getting resistance from incumbent utilities and warnings from its own staff.
Recent reports on oil and natural gas development in New Mexico and Colorado conclude that ambitious greenhouse gas-reduction targets enacted in those states could be undermined by their booming oil and gas industries.
As communities across the country consider revamping building codes to move away from fossil fuels, Arizona lawmakers took a major step to preserve access for natural gas and other fuels in building construction.
The 2020 New Mexico legislative session concluded at noon on Feb. 20, with two bills related to energy infrastructure heading to Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham's desk. But a bill that would have restructured the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission died in committee.
The Navajo Nation, which has depended for decades on jobs and revenue from coal-plant and mine operations within and around its borders, on Feb. 11 filed at the Arizona Corporation Commission to intervene in the current rate case of Arizona Public Service [E-01345A-19-0236].
Analysts at a Cleveland, Ohio-based energy think tank say a carbon capture, utilization and sequestration project proposed for a coal-fired New Mexico power plant would be unlikely to perform as promised and could bring problems for investors and the community affected by the plant's impendi…
The New Mexico House on Feb. 8 passed HB 50, a bill that would allow counties and municipalities to issue industrial revenue bonds to support the development of new electric transmission lines across the state.
Legislation that would put New Mexico lawmakers on record as opposing the transport and storage of spent nuclear fuel in the state advanced through the House Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee with a "do-pass" recommendation Feb. 3.
Arizona Public Service customer and ratepayer advocate Stacey Champion said at a Feb. 4 meeting of the Arizona Corporation Commission that more than two years after a controversial rate-case settlement and her subsequent complaint that resulted in an administrative law judge ordering a new r…
Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque and the operators of Arizona Public Service's Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station near Phoenix believe the comprehensive system-dynamics analysis software that is helping to save millions of gallons of water each day at the 3.3-GW …
The New Mexico Supreme Court on Jan. 29 ended speculation regarding whether the state's Energy Transition Act will affect the scheduled closure of its largest coal-fired power plant by ordering regulators to apply the law to Public Service Company of New Mexico's filing for abandonment of th…
The Public Utilities Commission of Nevada at its meeting Jan. 29 approved an energy supply agreement between NV Energy and the National Football League's Raiders, which will move from Oakland to Las Vegas in 2020.
Arizona's largest utility has committed to cutting carbon from its portfolio by 2050, despite a relative lack of state emissions or renewable-energy goals in the state.
New Mexico's highly controversial Energy Transition Act, which passed the state's Legislature with a wide margin but has met resistance from state regulators, will get its day in court [S-1-SC-38041].
Federal energy regulators on Jan. 14 gave an early nod to a massive pumped-storage project in northern Arizona that could extend the availability of renewable resources in an area that for 45 years played host to the West's largest coal-fired power plant.
Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association will add more than a gigawatt of new solar and wind resources in Colorado and New Mexico and deliver them to electric cooperatives in the four Western states it serves by 2024, the nonprofit power supplier told reporters in Denver on Jan. 15.…
Jeff Guldner, the new CEO of Arizona Public Service and chairman of the board of its parent company, Pinnacle West Capital, told the Arizona Corporation Commission at its Jan. 14 meeting that the companies will not contribute to the campaigns of its regulators as long as he is in charge.
Berkshire Hathaway-owned NV Energy of Nevada and Google will seek regulatory approval for what the companies believe will be a record-breaking solar-plus-storage procurement to power a Google data center. But first, they also need the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada to approve an agree…
Utilities operating in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Arizona announced plans this week to close coal units several years ahead of schedule and otherwise employ creative solutions to bring down emissions as the region moves away from coal-fired generation.
The Montana Department of Environmental Quality on Jan. 7 extended for 65 days the temporary immunity waiver for the Navajo Transitional Energy Company to operate the Spring Creek Mine. NTEC, wholly owned by the Navajo Nation, has been working to obtain bonding for the mine and two others in…
The University of Utah's Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute on Jan. 6 issued a report with sweeping recommendations to assist legislative policy on improving Utah's air quality and reducing carbon emissions.
Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, a 43-member wholesale power supplier that serves electric cooperatives and public power districts in four states, on Dec. 23 refiled for tariff authority with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [ER20-676, 681].
The Arizona Corporation Commission at its Dec. 11 meeting denied utility requests to establish two-year contract lengths for agreements between utilities and small power-generation facilities that qualify under a 41-year-old federal law intended to encourage energy independence through fossi…
The Public Utilities Commission of Nevada at its Dec. 18 meeting followed through on issuing an administrative fine to NV Energy for failing to set aside funds for energy storage incentives to comply with commission orders implementing a Nevada law passed in 2017.
Arizona Public Service executives, including new CEO Jeff Guldner, spent hours in the hot seat at an Arizona Corporation Commission meeting Dec. 11, discussing the latest controversies that have embroiled the utility.
While New Mexico regulators listened to public comment regarding whether to apply a new state law to Public Service Company of New Mexico's application for abandonment and financing of the San Juan Generating Station, state and tribal leaders went to court hoping to bring their desired concl…