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Cities, resorts push Utah utility on clean energy

UTILITIES:
• Prompted by demand from cities and resorts, Utah’s largest electric utility is seeking proposals for the construction of new solar, wind and geothermal projects. (Salt Lake Tribune)
• The customers of an electric utility that provides service to a southern Colorado city are stuck in limbo as state regulators continue to debate a controversial rate request. (Pueblo Chieftain)

COAL: The city of Oakland will appeal a judge’s ruling banning shipments of Utah coal from a proposed terminal. (The Mercury News)

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OIL AND GAS:
• In a letter to shareholders, the board of an Oklahoma City oil and gas company in the midst of a takeover by activist investor Carl Icahn steps up their criticism of the billionaire. (The Oklahoman)
• In response to new state setback requirements for oil and gas development, the Colorado Farm Bureau is pushing a constitutional amendment that would compensate landowners if a new law adversely impacts their property. (Sterling Journal-Advocate)

NUCLEAR: Albuquerque leaders adopt a resolution opposing the transport of high-level nuclear waste by railway through the city en route to a proposed temporary storage facility in southern New Mexico. (Albuquerque Journal)

SOLAR:
• Tesla powerpacks play a vital role — albeit anonymously — at a former legal foe’s solar plus storage project in Arizona. (Electrek)
• Amazon installs a 1.1 MW rooftop solar system at a Las Vegas center, its second solar installation in Nevada. (Las Vegas Sun)

PUBLIC LANDS: New Mexico conservation groups honor the state’s U.S. senators for their efforts to protect public lands (Albuquerque Journal)

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WIND: A plan to run power lines through rural northern Oklahoma to support a massive wind farm project has upset some landowners. (News on 6)

COMMENTARY:
• A mountain climber from Utah says that ignoring citizens on important public lands issues is standard practice for Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. (Salt Lake Tribune)
• An oil and gas company CEO explains why he’s betting on New Mexico’s industry to continue to grow. (Albuquerque Business First)
• Yucca Mountain is a zombie federal project that refuses to die, says a Nevada history professor. (The Conversation)

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