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Firm narrows in on a long-shot buyer for an Arizona coal plant

COAL: A firm tasked with finding a new owner for a soon-to-be shuttered Arizona coal plant is focused on an unnamed investor, but critics say the search only brings false hope. (Associated Press)

Navajo and Hopi leaders continue to press federal lawmakers to prevent the Navajo Generating Station from closing next year. (Cronkite News)
Advocacy groups ask New Mexico regulators to prevent the owners of a coal-fired power plant from making repairs to unit that was damaged in a March fire. (Santa Fe New Mexican)

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RENEWABLES: State officials in Nevada say they can’t predict how much a clean energy ballot measure would cost. (The Nevada Independent)

POLITICS: Three Democratic gubernatorial candidates in Colorado discuss how far they would go to regulate the oil and gas industry. (Colorado Independent)

OIL AND GAS: Opposition is building against BLM’s plans to allow drilling near the Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado. (High Country News)

UTILITIES: Legal costs are mounting for a New Mexico city trying to obtain the right to buy another city’s electric utility infrastructure. (Farmington Daily Times)

A House committee chairman promises to advance a bill to fund the licensing of a nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain in Nevada. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
An Arizona utility says it could be forced to close one of its nuclear plants in 10 years if voters approve a clean energy initiative, but the measure’s supporters say the claim is an exaggeration. (Arizona Republic)

GEOTHERMAL: The U.S. Department of Energy is nearing a decision about whether to build an underground geothermal research laboratory in either Nevada or Utah. (Nevada Appeal)

Saving an Arizona coal plant is an impractical mission, says an analyst with the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. (The Hill)
Ending net metering in Utah has had a minimal impact on the economics of solar there, says the president of a Nevada solar firm. (Utah Business)
The recent rollout of an electric bike program is a good example of how the University of Utah is demonstrating its commitment to sustainability, says the university’s chief sustainability officer. (Salt Lake Tribune)
Maintaining public access to federal lands isn’t enough when the Trump administration wants to allow more drilling and mining there, says an environmentalist in New Mexico. (High Country News)


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