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Colorado becoming a hotbed for small hydropower projects

HYDROPOWER: The combination of extensive irrigation, mountainous terrain and friendly state policies make Colorado the epicenter for the growth of small hydroelectric projects in the United States. (High Country News)

COAL:
• Utah and five other states have joined together to oppose Washington state’s plans to reject permits for a massive coal export terminal. (Associated Press)
Closing coal plants ahead of schedule in Colorado could ultimately cost ratepayers. (Colorado Politics)

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SOLAR:
Requiring rooftop solar panels on new homes in Arizona would probably be an uphill battle, some housing experts say. (Arizona Republic)
• The Wolf Creek Ski Area is southern Colorado is running almost entirely on solar energy, a feat orchestrated by its determined CEO. (Mountain Town News)
• The return of net metering in Nevada gives the nation’s largest residential solar company a big boost. (Nasdaq)

PIPELINES:
• Two Houston oil companies have signed as the primary customers for a 730-mile pipeline from the Permian Basin to the Texas Gulf Coast. (Houston Chronicle)
• Pipeline developers are scrambling to keep up with production in the Permian Basin. (Houston Chronicle)

ELECTRIC CARS: An Oklahoma congressman rejoices as the Trump administration kills an underutilized federal loan program for automakers who produce hybrid and electric cars. (The Oklahoman)

NUCLEAR: Arizona’s largest electric utility supports a clean energy initiative that likely keeps its nuclear plant open but opposes a different mandate. (Arizona Republic)

UTILITIES: The Nevada Latin Chamber of Commerce comes out against a ballot initiative that would allow customers to pick their own electricity provider. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

GRID: Texas regulators approve a plan to improve and streamline the state’s smart meter data portal. (Utility Dive)

OIL AND GAS:
• A Northern Colorado city that recently elected a slate of anti-drilling trustees approves a 600 home development next to an oil and gas operation. (7 News)
• Archaeologists who study cultural sites threatened by drilling in Utah were among those BLM prohibited from attending a major science conference. (Salt Lake Tribune)

COMMENTARY: Two clean energy advocates question why only 11 percent of the electricity generated in Utah comes from renewable sources. (Deseret News)
• If Austin wants to continue to be a clean energy leader it needs to confront “dispatchability,” says a local environmental activist. (Austin American-Statesman)

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