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Colorado’s solar growth could be bolstered by new storage law

SOLAR: Solar had a strong year in Colorado, and the outlook is even brighter as a result of a new energy storage law. (Denver Post)

WIND: Two aging wind farms in West Texas are “repowered” by more efficient turbines, creating a thriving new sector for the industry. (InsideClimate News)

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RENEWABLES: Critics say a new utility-backed clean energy initiative is an attempt to confuse Arizona voters. (Arizona Republic)

UTILITIES: Faced with complaints about its current power provider, the city of Pueblo, Colorado, considers creating its own electric utility. (Pueblo Chieftain)

OIL AND GAS:
• An industry-backed group from Texas criticizes outdoor gear manufacturer Patagonia for its opposition to fracking. (Houston Chronicle)
• A Denver energy company sues a Colorado State University student who chained himself to a bulldozer at a drilling site near a school. (Westword)
• The Oklahoma oil and gas industry opposes a plan to increase teacher salaries by raising taxes on energy companies. (StateImpact Oklahoma)
• The Four Corners region of New Mexico sees signs that the economy is improving as new drilling tech companies move in. (Farmington Daily Times)

GRID: New rulemaking in Texas illustrates some of the technological challenges of deploying battery storage on the grid. (Utility Dive)

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COAL:
• Nonprofits are prepared to offer aid to members of the Navajo and Hopi tribes who may lose their jobs at a soon-to-be shuttered Arizona coal plant. (Navajo Hopi Observer)
• Improved exports helped boost Colorado coal production last year, but the tonnage remains well below historical levels. (Grand Junction Daily Sentinel)

COMMENTARY:
• Citing improved performance and decreasing costs, the Denver Post says it’s time to end tax credits for electric cars.
• A New Mexico rancher says it’s time for the Trump administration to stop its attacks on methane rules, which are vital to protecting landowners from bad actors within the oil and gas industry. (High Country News)

 

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