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Colorado lawmakers approve tougher oil and gas rules

OIL & GAS: A bill that dramatically changes the way oil and gas is regulated in Colorado has cleared the Senate and now heads to the governor to sign. (Denver Post)

ALSO:
The oil and gas industry in Utah is being recognized for its voluntary efforts to reduce emissions to help curb wintertime ozone. (Deseret News)
Wyoming is not planning significant changes to its approach for protecting sage grouse habitat, despite new federal flexibility. (Associated Press)

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SOLAR:
A survey finds that community solar projects are lowering energy costs, but low-income people have been largely left out. (Yale E360)
An Idaho utility that recently announced a plan to wean itself off coal has reached an agreement to buy solar energy at some of the lowest prices seen in the U.S. so far. (Greentech Media)
Arizona’s largest utility is seeking proposals to add batteries to an existing solar plant and build a new solar plus storage project. (Solar Power World)
Two new large-scale solar projects are under consideration in eastern Oregon. (KBND)

COAL:
A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit that sought to pressure an Arizona water utility into buying power from a coal plant. (Utility Dive)
Cleaning up coal ash ponds at a plant in eastern Montana could create hundreds of jobs for decades, according to a new report from a local environmental group. (Billings Gazette)
At a congressional hearing this week, Montana Rep. Greg Gianforte confronted Washington Gov. Jay Inslee over the fate of the Colstrip coal plant. (Billings Gazette)

UTILITIES:
Las Vegas will likely remain a customer of Nevada’s largest utility after a rival power provider decides to walk away from talks with the city. (The Nevada Independent)
California utility PG&E formally names outgoing Tennessee Valley Authority leader Bill Johnson as its new CEO. (Bloomberg)

CLEAN ENERGY:
Boise, Idaho city officials approve a plan to transition to 100% clean energy by 2035. (Idaho Statesman)
A Montana county is expected to vote tonight on a resolution requiring cryptocurrency companies to offset their electricity use with clean energy purchases. (Wired)

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NUCLEAR: An Illinois congressman urges opponents of the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste facility to make their case before the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. (Nevada Independent)

COMMENTARY: The Siletz Tribe formally opposes a liquified natural gas facility on the Oregon Coast. (Coos Bay World)

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