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Arizona project could point the way on energy storage

STORAGE: Experts say the time has come for utilities to consider hybrid renewable projects and point to a utility-scale solar plus storage plant being built in Arizona as an example of what that might look like. (Utility Dive)

POLITICS: The group behind an Arizona clean energy initiative says there’s no correlation between increasing solar and wind use and rising electric bills. (Phoenix Business Journal)

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SOLAR:
The number of solar jobs in New Mexico could double by 2030, according to a new report. (Albuquerque Business First)
A Florida clean energy company wants to build a solar farm and 200 MW storage system in western Nevada. (KTVN)
Salt Lake City ranks in the top 10 cities in the country for solar power generated per person, according to a new report. (Salt Lake Tribune)

PIPELINES: An Oklahoma pipeline operator reports it was the target of a cyber attack, making it the fourth U.S. pipeline company to face threats this week by hackers. (Bloomberg)

OIL AND GAS:
The Environmental Protection Agency has quietly granted Texas refiner Andeavor an exemption from complying with U.S. biofuel rules. (Reuters)
Utah officials celebrate the groundbreaking of an Andeavor oil refinery that will produce cleaner burning vehicle fuels but the day is overshadowed by the Trump administration’s rollback of U.S. emission standards for new vehicles. (Salt Lake Tribune)
Colorado’s attorney general asks the state Supreme Court to overturn a ruling that says regulators must consider the environment and public health before approving drilling requests. (Denver Post)
Anadarko plans to retire 7 wells in northern Colorado. (Longmont Times-Call)
Two oil field workers were injured when an oil and gas pumping unit exploded in central Oklahoma. (The Oklahoman)

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RENEWABLES: The Las Cruces City Council approves a plan to get all of the city’s power from renewable sources by 2050. (Las Cruces Sun-News)

COMMENTARY: An attorney for Earthjustice says the Trump administration has spun a web of deception around the role energy development played in their decision to gut two Utah monuments. (The Hill)
A Nevada newspaper columnist says residential customers should be allowed to shop for cheaper power. (Elko Daily Free Press)

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