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Developers defend New Mexico carbon capture plan

COAL: Developers defend their plan to retrofit a New Mexico coal plant with carbon capture technology amid criticism the proposal is unrealistic. (E&E News) 

ALSO:
• New Mexico’s largest utility is seeking feedback on proposals for the power to be lost from its coal plant closure in 2022. (Associated Press)
• A federal judge approved short-term funding for bankrupt Wyoming coal operator Blackjewel until today during an emergency hearing Friday. (Casper Star-Tribune)
• Another recent ruling means a Wyoming county could be out more than $30 million in property taxes. (Gillette News Record via AP)

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HYDRO: The Northwest’s biggest energy supplier faces new challenges in changing energy markets as it struggles with aging infrastructure. (Seattle Times) 

WIND:
• Developers say work on a massive Wyoming wind project has been delayed to ensure adequate transmission capacity will be available. (Windpower Monthly)
• A faulty wind turbine is blamed for a 350 acre wildfire in Washington over the weekend. (Oregonian)

SOLAR: A northern California town is now offsetting all of the electricity used by city buildings with solar power. (Daily Independent)

OVERSIGHT: An analysis finds Nevada’s tax breaks to companies like Tesla fail to deliver the promised economic impact. (Reno Gazette-Journal)

UTILITIES: Portland General Electric has submitted a plan to add 150MW of new renewable energy capacity by 2023 to Oregon’s regulator for approval. (news release)

CLIMATE: Officials in Fairbanks, Alaska will consider a climate resolution this week. (Alaska Native News)

OIL AND GAS: Chevron says a recent California spill may have been caused by workers trying to recap an abandoned well. (Associated Press)

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BIOFUELS: Executives of a Utah company admit in federal court that they falsified records to obtain more than $500 million in renewable fuel credits. (Deseret News)

COMMENTARY:
An Arizona technology council praises state regulators for approving an electric vehicle plan. (Arizona Capitol Times)
• Montana sustainability advocates are calling for a moratorium on easing public lands to the oil and gas industry. (Missoula Current)

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