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Colorado energy provider says it’s cleaning up its act

CLEAN ENERGY: Under pressure from its members to reduce emissions, a Colorado energy provider announces it will close a coal plant two years early and commit to developing new renewable energy resources. (Colorado Public Radio)

ALSO: A Hawaii utility announces plans to shut down its coal and oil plant by 2024 and develop 900 MW of new renewable energy. (Hawaii News Now)

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OIL AND GAS:
• Montana and North Dakota have asked the federal government to block the state of Washington from restricting crude oil-by-rail shipments that pass through the state. (Associated Press)
• A Trump administration official says drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge won’t pose a threat to nearby tribes. (Alaska Public Media)
• New Mexico officials estimate public land leasing will yield more than $1 billion in revenue for the past fiscal year. (InsideSources)
• A report by an advocacy group says drilling on public lands will lead to an increase in Colorado’s greenhouse gas emissions. (Denver Post)

SOLAR: A Montana regulator is criticizing a state judge who said statements by elected commissioners indicated the body was biased against solar development. (Montana Free Press)

COAL: Court documents indicate that bankrupt Wyoming coal operator Blackjewel LLC has not yet secured the long-term financing needed to reopen its mines. (Casper Star-Tribune)

NUCLEAR:
• Nevada’s governor and congressional delegation call on the Energy Department to re-evaluate seismic risk at the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste site. (Nevada Appeal)
• New Mexico regulators debate whether the state’s largest utility should reinvest in an Arizona nuclear plant. (Associated Press)

UTILITIES:
• Colorado regulators reject a utility’s time-of-use rate pilot project amid concerns it doesn’t do enough to protect low-income customers. (Utility Dive)
• Black Hills Energy announces a new renewable energy subscription service aimed at large customers. (KOTA)

HYDRO: An Alaska village is installing a river-powered generator to reduce its dependence on diesel fuel. (Associated Press)

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ADVOCACY:
Neetsa’ii Gwich’in activist Sarah James talks about her decades of work opposing oil development in Alaska. (Alaska Public Media)
A gathering of climate-change deniers in Arizona this weekend will formally honor President Trump. (Arizona Republic)

COMMENTARY: An environmental attorney says blocking new fracking leases should be a key part of California’s climate strategy. (Sacramento Bee)

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