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Deal could stop exodus from Colorado power provider

UTILITIES: A Colorado power provider is on the verge of a deal with some of its co-op members that might entice some to remain customers despite previous tension over its commitment to clean power. (Energy News Network)

POLLUTION: A new study finds water contamination from coal ash at over 90 percent of U.S. power plant sites, with two locations in Wyoming among the worst offenders. (InsideClimate News)

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COAL:
• As Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announces his presidential bid, the state Senate passes a bill he championed requiring utilities to stop using coal by 2025. (Seattle Times)
• Why a Wyoming town wants to buy a coal plant amid the industry’s decline. (Casper Star Tribune)
• New Mexico lawmakers are skeptical of a New York investor’s plan to retrofit a coal-fired power plant with carbon capture technology to keep it operating. (Santa Fe New Mexican)
• A troubled Montana coal-fired power plant has been sold to a possible cryptocurrency company. (Billings Gazette)
• The New Mexico Supreme Court has granted a request by the state’s largest utility to delay regulatory proceedings on the closure of one of its coal-fired power plants. (Santa Fe New Mexican)

EFFICIENCY: Utah lawmakers give final approval to a bill requiring tougher energy efficiency standards for new commercial buildings. (Deseret News)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Because of a provision in Oregon’s constitution, most of the money the state would raise under a cap and trade program would be prohibited for things like electric vehicle rebates, charging stations and zero-emission buses. (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

CLIMATE: The plaintiffs in a youth climate change lawsuit talk about their motivation for suing the federal government. (60 Minutes)

OIL & GAS:
• Colorado’s oil and gas industry asks lawmakers to delay a hearing on new legislation proposing sweeping regulatory changes, warning of the bill’s “grave impacts.” (Denver Post)
• A Southern California gas provider will have to charge customers an extra $815 million to make up for a heat wave last summer that sent prices soaring. (Bloomberg)
• The state agency overseeing a $43 billion liquefied natural gas project in Alaska is considering the governor’s directive to disband if the project doesn’t prove to make economic sense. (Anchorage Daily News)
• Environmental groups and an Alaskan tribe are suing the federal government over their decision to allow an oil and gas company to drill exploratory wells near a national petroleum reserve. (Alaska’s Energy Desk)
• A 400-bed “man camp” will be built in Carlsbad, New Mexico to accommodate the influx of Permian Basin oilfield workers. (Carlsbad Current Argus)

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POLITICS: Colorado environmentalists don’t see the new Interior Secretary as much as an improvement over his predecessor despite his roots in the state. (Grand Junction Daily Sentinel)

COMMENTARY:
• A Bloomberg columnist says just focusing on PG&E’s fate obscures the bigger issue facing California and the rest of the nation: climate change.
• By adopting a cap on carbon emissions, Oregon can be an early leader and create momentum for other states to step up and fight climate change, says the chairman of a state global warming commission. (The Oregonian)

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