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Arizona congressman wants to exempt coal plant from environmental rules

COAL: An Arizona congressman plans to introduce legislation that would exempt the largest coal-fired power plant in the West from federal environmental regulations. (Fronteras Desk)

ALSO: A New Mexico county is considering letting its 3 percent ownership stake in a coal plant expire in 2022, the year the facility is set to close. (Los Alamos Monitor)

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UTILITIES: Clean energy advocates in Arizona say the state’s largest utility recent request for proposal signals it might soon violate a natural gas moratorium imposed in March. (Utility Dive)

SOLAR: Homeowners who have rooftop solar panels say they’re being unfairly penalized under a new rate structure adopted by a northern Colorado city. (Loveland Reporter Herald)


WIND: In a new regulatory filing, Oklahoma’s attorney general lays out stipulations that could help bring about an agreement on the Wind Catcher project. (The Oklahoman)

• The hottest oil stock from the U.S. shale boom arose out of a century-old railroad bankruptcy case in Texas. (Bloomberg)
• The Boulder City Council is expected to discuss extending its ban on drilling inside the city limits even though no oil and gas company has expressed interest in almost a decade. (Boulder Daily Camera)
• University of Texas faculty and students are pressuring the chancellor to take steps to limit methane emissions from wells on the land the school owns. (Austin American-Statesman)
• Oil and gas operations north of Boulder County are impacting its air quality, according to preliminary results from a study conducted by the University of Colorado and the state health department. (Patch.com)

TRANSMISSION: A northern Colorado county is considering challenging a BLM order to mitigate impacts from a proposed transmission line project on some federal lands. (Craig Daily Press)


ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Utah State University and a Salt Lake City-based utility join forces to install three new electric vehicle charging stations. (The Herald Journal)

• Nuclear energy and natural gas must be part of the mix if the country wants to move toward a low-carbon economy, said former Energy Secretary Ernest J. Moniz at a Utah energy summit. (Deseret News)
• The first small modular reactor in the U.S. could be serving a Utah utility in the next few years. (Forbes)

POLITICS: Nevada Congresswoman Jacky Rosen makes a misleading statement about Senator Dean Heller’s vote to restart the Yucca Mountain licensing process. (Politifact)

COMMENTARY: Colorado is ground zero for “environmental injustice” suffered by people who live next to oil and gas sites, says a Colorado State University assistant professor of sociology. (The Conversation)

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