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Cyber attack temporarily hobbles Dallas pipeline giant

PIPELINES: A cyber attack temporarily shuts down the electronic communication system used by a major U.S. pipeline company based in Dallas. (Bloomberg)

ALSO: Crews complete the first phase of construction of a 650-mile natural gas pipeline stretching from the Permian Basin in West Texas to the Gulf Coast. (Corpus Christi Caller-Times)

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OIL AND GAS:
The oil and gas boom in the Permian Basin is straining the electricity grid that serves West Texas. (Houston Chronicle)
Two elected officials in Albuquerque host a town hall meeting to discuss whether the city should adopt rules governing drilling over objections from the oil and gas industry. (Associated Press)

SOLAR:
Testimony begins in federal trial of a Utah solar company accused of making false statements about its products. (Deseret News)
A Texas company hopes to illuminate oil and gas sites in the Permian Basin by using solar light towers. (KWES)

UTILITIES: A southern Nevada utility exceeds the state’s renewable energy requirements for the eighth year in a row. (Solar Power World)

POLITICS: A study paid for by Arizona’s largest utility predicts job losses if voters approve a clean energy initiative; the study has not been peer reviewed and uses a “propietary model,” making it difficult to independently verify its conclusions. (Capital News Service)

EFFICIENCY: A net zero energy development in Boulder, Colorado shows how commercially-leased buildings can help cities meet sustainability goals. (Green Biz)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A new study by the Rocky Mountain Institute shows how Uber, Lyft and other ride sharing companies could save significant amounts of money by switching to electric cars. (Greentech Media)

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WIND: US bank Citigroup Inc. announces a 10-year deal to provide wind power for a Dallas area data center. (Renewables Now)

COMMENTARY: Policy makers should resist temptation to meddle as the electricity sector experiences volatility that naturally comes with a free market, says a Houston Chronicle business columnist.

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