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Arizona lawmakers advance a utility supported clean energy mandate

RENEWABLES: Arizona lawmakers approve putting a utility-written clean energy plan on the November ballot that will compete with a more stringent renewable energy initiative. (Capitol Media Services)

ALSO: Pointing to a Nevada utility’s recent clean energy milestone, environmentalists say the state’s renewable energy goals are too low. (Public News Service)

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A coal-heavy Colorado electricity provider may be losing customers as member co-ops seek cleaner energy and lower costs. (Southwest Energy News)
A consultant hired by a northern Colorado utility advises the power provider to get all of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030. (Longmont Times- Call)
An Arizona utility’s gas and electric customers will see a small decrease in their bills as a result of recent federal tax cuts. (Arizona Daily Star)
A Texas utility will pass along savings from recent federal tax cuts to electric customers in southern New Mexico and West Texas. (Las Cruces Sun News)

TRANSMISSION: New Mexico regulators are set to consider a $2 billion transmission line project that will connect renewable energy produced in New Mexico and Arizona to large markets in the Southwest. (Associated Press)

Activist investor Carl Icahn says he might buy an Oklahoma energy company if he can nominate a new board of directors. (Tulsa World)

WIND: The American Wind Energy Association plans to unveil its annual market report for the first time in New Mexico, a state the group considers a rising star for wind development. (Albuquerque Journal)

OVERSIGHT: Colorado lawmakers narrowly approve a bill prohibiting utility executives and staff members from being appointed to the state commission that regulates utilities. (Pueblo Chieftain)

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Rooftop solar power generated in Houston is increasing but still lags behind Austin and San Antonio. (Houston Chronicle)
A New York-based renewable energy company has bought the rights to 13 community solar projects in Colorado. (Renewables Now)

A Moab bike shop owner said Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s proposal to roll back methane rules for public lands makes it clear he doesn’t care about Western families and business owners. (Deseret News)
A recent lawsuit by the New Mexico attorney general has stirred up confusion about how power purchase agreements work, says the president of the Solar Energy Industries Association. (Albuquerque Journal)

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