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Colorado lawmakers advance energy storage bill

GRID: Colorado lawmakers approve a bill that would allow utility customers to install energy storage systems and directs state regulators to adopt rules governing the resource. (Utility Dive)

WIND: Walmart announces it will purchase power from the $4.5 billion Wind Catcher project under development in Oklahoma. (Tulsa World)

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RENEWABLES: The city of Tempe passes a measure requiring all municipal buildings to be completely powered by renewable energy sources by 2035. (Phoenix Business Journal)

• The oil and gas industry is looking to petrochemicals for salvation as they come to grips with increasing demand for electric cars, renewable energy and a desire to wean the world off fossil fuels. (Houston Chronicle)
• Utility crews were investigating and repairing leaks the evening before a deadly natural gas explosion in Dallas, according to company emails. (Dallas Morning News)
• As drilling in the Permian Basin intensifies, the port of Corpus Christi is set to become a major export hub, analysts say. (Houston Chronicle)
• Colorado lawmakers give initial approval to a plan to transfer $49 million from the state’s general fund over the next two years to the department that has oversight of the oil and gas industry. (Colorado Independent)

EFFICIENCY: New Colorado Springs building codes will make new homes more efficient, and extra costs are expected to be covered by energy savings. (Colorado Springs Gazette)

ELECTRIC CARS: A bill allowing the direct sales of electric cars to consumers in Utah clears the statehouse and now heads to the governor to sign. (Electrek)

HYDRO: Arizona residents want to know if electricity produced by a proposed hydro plant will stay in the state or be used by California and Nevada. (The Daily Courier)

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COAL: Even as coal use declines worldwide, some Colorado residents continue to burn coal to heat their homes, including many members of the Navajo Nation. (Durango Herald)

• The managing editor of the Eastern New Mexico News says that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s cozy relationship with the fossil fuel industry explains why he’s blaming wind turbines for bird deaths.
• The head of an anti-nuclear waste group in Utah urges Governor Gary Herbert to veto three bills that relax the regulatory and financial burden on the company seeking to expand its nuclear waste storage business there. (Salt Lake Tribune)
• The editorial board of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram says the utility responsible for the gas leak that caused a deadly house explosion in Dallas last month owes residents a better explanation of what happened and whether other neighborhoods are at risk.
• A solar developer marvels at the size of storage bids included in Xcel Energy’s recent request for proposals for new energy sources. (PV Magazine)

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