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Arizona utilities looking for another way out of a clean energy initiative

RENEWABLES: Arizona utilities are pushing their own clean energy ballot measure but this one gives them an escape clause, piggybacking on a new law that does the same. (Arizona Daily Sun)

TRANSMISSION: Developers of the Plains and Eastern transmission line, which would connect Oklahoma wind farms to eastern markets, say the project is still viable even after the Department of Energy withdraws support. (Utility Dive/Reuters)

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WIND: The construction of the largest wind farm in Colorado is expected to wrap up this summer and be operational by October. (Colorado Community Media)

UTILITIES:
• Colorado Springs Utilities names an acting chief executive officer. (Colorado Springs Gazette)
A proposal by Xcel Energy to raise electricity rates is drawing opposition in southeastern New Mexico. (Hobbs News-Sun)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
Colorado is planning to spend more than $10 million on electric vehicle infrastructure as part of its share of the Volkswagen pollution-cheating settlement. (Denver Business Journal)
A Colorado researcher is developing technology that would enable electric cars to charge wirelessly. (CU Boulder Today)

OIL AND GAS:
• Mexico’s state-owned oil company signs a contract with a Texas energy company to develop a shale deposit in the northern part of the country. (Reuters)
Utah regulators consider temporarily shutting down 52 oil and gas wells operated by a Denver energy company that has failed to report its production for more than year. (Salt Lake Tribune)
Experts say the U.S. could pass Saudi Arabia and Russia to become the world’s top oil producer as early as this year partly because of the boom in Texas’s Permian Basin. (Dallas Morning News)
Oil and gas company officials say steel tariffs will raise the cost of producing crude in West Texas. (Houston Chronicle)
A western Colorado university is partnering with Utah and Colorado state agencies to promote natural gas produced in the Piceance and Uintah basins. (Daily Sentinel)

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TRANSPORTATION: A new program offers discounted prices on electric bicycles for University of Utah students, faculty and employees. (KUTV)

COMMENTARY:
• An Arizona Republic columnist says a new law that allows utilities to effectively ignore a clean energy initiative is more proof that state leaders don’t trust the public to make their own decisions.
• The executive director of a Montana-based watchdog group says its time for a Colorado congressman to start listening to his constituents’ demands to protect public lands from the Trump administration’s misguided pursuit of “energy dominance.” (Durango Herald)
An official with the electric provider for Pueblo says the utility has no plans to leave and is doing its best to serve customers in southern Colorado. (Pueblo Chieftain)

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