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Deal with Tesla could mean new solar incentives in Arizona

SOLAR: Officials with an Arizona utility and Tesla agree to the broad terms of a deal that could result in new incentives for solar customers while bringing an end to a three-year-old antitrust lawsuit. (Arizona Republic)

PUBLIC LANDS: A plan to name a road in southern Utah the “Donald J. Trump Utah National Parks Highway” in honor of his decision to open up two national monuments there to mining and oil and gas development clears a state committee. (Deseret News)

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WIND:
• The political tides are turning against the wind industry in Oklahoma as a growing number of lawmakers argue the state can no longer afford to give tax breaks to wind developers. (NPR)
Meanwhile, a new poll shows that 78 percent of Oklahoma residents support the Wind Catcher project, which will become the nation’s largest wind farm once built in the state’s panhandle. (Clean Technica)

OIL AND GAS:
• A Houston-based energy company begins exporting liquefied natural gas to India for the first time. (Houston Chronicle)
• Putting an end to oil and gas drilling on federal lands in the West would reduce green house gas emissions in the long-run, according to a new study. (Salt Lake Tribune)
• Activists call for a ban on oil and gas development near Denver during a meeting with an attorney for an environmental group that has volunteered to legally defend one city’s fracking ban. (Daily Camera)
• Oil and gas investors are more interested in profits from fossil fuels than renewable energy, experts tell energy company leaders gathered in Houston this week. (Houston Chronicle)
• Several Colorado school districts, a college and a county will have to return $5.7 million in overpaid property taxes to oil and gas producer Encana because of a company reporting error. (Glenwood Springs Post Independent)

COAL:
• The New Mexico Supreme Court is upholding a 2015 decision by state regulators to close part of a coal-fired power plant. (Associated Press)
In Colorado, coal jobs remained flat in 2017, bucking a national trend that saw gains in 2017. (Colorado Public Radio)

NUCLEAR: Two Nevada congresswomen push back against a bipartisan group of lawmakers calling for the revival of plans to store nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain. (Las Vegas Review- Journal)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Utah lawmakers scale back a sweeping transportation bill but opt to keep controversial fees for electric and hybrid cars. (Deseret News)

COMMENTARY: The executive director of an energy initiative at Rice University argues that eliminating some energy sources like coal and nuclear power is short-sighted. (The Hill)

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