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Colorado co-op’s climate plan raises questions

UTILITIES: Critics say a Colorado energy provider, under pressure from members to provide more clean energy, is trying to subvert state climate goals and avoid oversight. (E&E News)

ALSO:
It’s not yet clear whether a recently announced deal between Tri-State Generation and a member co-op will affect a different co-op’s effort to exit its contract. (Pine River Times)
• New Mexico regulators find a co-op’s changes to net metering policy amount to a rate increase that requires further approval. (Rio Grande Sun)

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OIL & GAS:
• A new study of Colorado infants has found that mothers living near intense oil and gas activity face a higher chance of having children with heart defects. (Houston Chronicle)
• A proposed new rail spur is seen as a way to boost oil production in Utah. (Deseret News)

NUCLEAR:
• A Utah cooperative says it has enough power-purchase agreements to begin pursuing a license for what would be the first small modular reactor in the U.S. (Associated Press)
• Wyoming produces more uranium and has the largest amount of known uranium reserves in the country according to a new report released by the Wyoming State Geological Survey.  (Wyoming State Geological Survey)

COAL:
• Utah’s new regional haze plan changed the requirements for installing new pollution controls at two coal plants in the southern part of the state.  (Utah Public Radio)
• Release of a utility study outlining the future of Wyoming coal plants has been delayed until October. (KPVI)

WIND:
• Many Oregon communities and farmers see wind turbines as good business despite concerns with wind energy growth in the western U.S.  (Capital Press)
• A proposed trade tariff could slow wind development in the U.S. (Wyoming Public Media)

GRID: California regulators will require upgrades for inverter-based generating facilities. (Utility Dive)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Work begins on a new Lucid Motors electric vehicle plant in Arizona. (Casa Grande Dispatch)

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CLIMATE: In an interview, Colorado’s new top energy official outlines steps the state needs to take to further reduce emissions. (Westword)

COMMENTARY:
A Nevada official says “radical change” is needed to address climate change. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
• A New Mexico advocate says the oil and gas industry is trying to deceive the public about cleaning up methane pollution and waste from production. (Albuquerque Journal)

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