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Arizona lawmakers pass a tax break to save coal plant

COAL: In a move to make a soon-to-be shuttered coal-fired power plant possibly attractive to new buyers, Arizona lawmakers approve a plan to exempt the facility from a state sales tax. (Associated Press)

• New Mexico’s largest electricity provider takes out a full-page ad in a Santa Fe newspaper that chastises environmentalists for their role in defeating a bill that would have allowed them to recover their investments in abandoned coal plants. (Albuquerque Journal)
• A coal-fired power plant in Texas closes, the third such facility to cease operations in the state this year. (Houston Public Media)

• Texas could save billions of dollars and boost renewable energy use by utilizing “demand flexibility,” according to a new study from a Colorado-based clean energy think tank. (Greentech Media)
• Texas’s investment in a high-voltage transmission system connecting renewable energy sources to cities is a good example of how grid stability can be improved, according to a new report. (PV Magazine)

OIL AND GAS: The production boom in West Texas and other shale basins is transforming the liquefied natural gas market, prompting several Gulf Coast companies to build massive terminals to serve overseas markets. (Houston Chronicle)

• Houston, home to some of the largest oil and gas companies in the world, is finally finding a niche in attracting renewable energy companies. (Houston Chronicle)
• Officials from Summit County, the heart of Colorado’s ski industry, pledge to get all of their power from renewable sources by 2035. (Solar Industry Magazine)

POLICY: A bill that recently advanced out of a Utah House committee attempts to end a decades-old dispute between a special electric service district and a handful of cities in the southern part of the state. (Deseret News)

SOLAR: Attorneys for Tesla Energy ask the Supreme Court to allow its antitrust lawsuit against an Arizona utility over solar rooftop panels to proceed. (PV Magazine)

ELECTRIC CARS: Utah, Texas and Oklahoma are among states where Tesla is pushing for legislation to let it sell cars directly to consumers. (Electrek)

COMMENTARY: Solar energy is still a great investment in San Antonio despite the recently imposed tariffs by the Trump administration, according to a new analysis by the Rivard Report.

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