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An Arizona utility launches the state’s first standalone battery peaker

GRID: An Arizona utility will build the state’s first standalone energy storage plant which will deliver peak power for the greater Phoenix area. (Greentech Media)

• The operator of the Texas power grid expects to break another record for peak demand in May this week as hot weather grips much of the state. (Houston Public Media)
• Meanwhile, a new report from the North American Electric Reliability Corporation warns that the Texas won’t be able to keep up with demand this summer as a result of power plant closures. (Bloomberg)

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A zero-emissions natural gas test facility near Houston has been successfully fired up for the first time, the company reports. (Quartz)
• Citing safety concerns, Anadarko Petroleum shuts down a natural gas gathering system in northern Colorado. (Denver Post)
• Oil busts of the past have taught Texas oil and gas companies a valuable lesson – don’t rack up too much debt. (Houston Chronicle)
• In the wake of a deadly home explosion, a northern Colorado county changes the way it issues permits to oil and gas companies. (Greeley Tribune)
• One of New Mexico’s largest natural gas producers has backed off plans to close public hearings on its efforts to increase drilling in the northwestern part of the state. (Albuquerque Journal)

UTILITIES: Texas regulators force a retail electric provider out of the market after determining it is unable to meet its financial obligations, leaving about 10,000 customers in limbo. (Click 2 Houston)

BIOFUELS: Midwestern ethanol producers have filed a lawsuit against the EPA that challenges waivers granted to refineries owned by two Texas companies. (Houston Chronicle)

• The head of a wind industry group has been subpoenaed by an Oklahoma grand jury investigating a tracking device placed on a state lawmaker’s truck. (The Oklahoman)
• Four more Oklahoma utilities have signaled their support for a massive wind farm project still facing opposition from some rural landowners. (Tulsa World)

SOLAR: Plants in the Southwest and California are the top producing solar projects in the nation, according to a new analysis. (Greentech Media)

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COAL: Fly ash from an Oklahoma coal plant plagues a nearby community. (In These Times)

COMMENTARY: Cheap gas drove the stake into coal and now renewables are poised to do the same to fracked gas, says a Colorado environmentalist. (Glenwood Springs Post Independent)

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