Noah Rott, Associate Press Secretary, Western Region


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Ninth Circuit Decision Throws Out Coal Leasing Challenge

Great Falls, MT – The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals today ruled that a lawsuit from the Northern Cheyenne Tribe and conservation groups that had successfully reinstated the Obama-era coal leasing…

Groups Call on Colorado PUC To Reconsider Xcel Decision

Denver, CO - NRDC and Sierra Club formally submitted a request for reconsideration to the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) on their December approval of an alternative Xcel Energy resource…

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service denies federal protections for Northern Rockies gray wolves

Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) denied a petition to restore federal protections for gray wolves in the Northern Rockies. This decision allows several states to continue relentless…

Idaho PUC Dims Rooftop Solar Industry, Approves Lopsided Rate Increase

Boise, ID - The Idaho Public Utilities Commission (PUC) quietly closed out 2023 by rebuffing experts and voting to approve Idaho Power's controversial new rooftop solar compensation rates after years…

Lawmakers Urge PRPA to Comply With Key Climate Law

Denver, CO - Today a group of lawmakers sent a letter to Platte River Power Authority (PRPA) leadership, urging the utility to comply with 2023's Clean Energy Plans law as it considers building a…

Colorado Approves Xcel Plan With More Gas, Less Renewables

Denver, CO - Today the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) voted to reject existing proposals and approve a portfolio for Xcel Energy's Electric Resource Plan (ERP) that has 41 megawatts more…

Advisory: Rally Against Xcel Energy's Methane Investments

WHEN: Wednesday, November 15, 2023. 12 - 1 p.m. MST WHERE: Colorado State Capitol, 200 E Colfax Ave., Denver, CO 80203 - West StepsWHO: Sierra Club, 350 Colorado, Working Families Party, Mountain…

Colorado Adopts Major Clean Car Standard To Curb Pollution

Denver, CO - Today, the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission (AQCC) formally approved the Colorado Clean Car rule, a major policy to slash tailpipe pollution and accelerate the transition to zero-…

Montana Youth Trial Win a Historic Climate Moment

Helena, MT - A  judge ruled in favor of Montana youth climate plaintiffs today, declaring the state is violating its own constitution by not protecting the right to a clean environment. Held v.…

Eugene rescinds electrification ordinance due to legal concerns, commits to revisiting policy in coming months

Eugene, Ore. — In response to a widely criticized court ruling by the Ninth Circuit Court that imposed restrictions on local authority to transition new homes to clean energy, the Eugene City Council…