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Flagstaff, Hopis plan a joint solar project as tribe pivots away from coal

SOLAR: With the closure of a nearby coal-fired power plant looming, the city of Flagstaff and the Hopi tribe announce plans to to build a 19 MW solar project on tribal lands. (Arizona Daily Sun)

• Solar power capacity is expected to double in Texas in 2018, according to the state’s grid manager. (Houston Chronicle)
• Even though an effort to switch a Las Vegas area school district over to all solar power has stalled, the companies behind the proposal continue to lobby for the move. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
• The Arizona Supreme Court rules that homeowners who lease rooftop solar panels do not have to pay state property taxes on them. (Arizona Republic)

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WIND: Wind provided more than 60 percent of the electricity supplied to the Oklahoma grid last week, breaking a record. (The Oklahoman)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A German company plans to launch low-cost, electric bus operations in California, Nevada, Arizona and Utah, according to published reports. (Deseret News)

COAL: As one major coal-fired power plant prepares to close, economic leaders in two Arizona counties start looking at new industries to offset the impact of any coal job losses. (White Mountain Independent)

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OIL AND GAS: A natural gas well in South Texas continues to burn after blowing out last week, forcing the evacuation of nearby residents. (San Antonio Express-News)

• Clean energy advocates say many of Arizona’s utilities are ignoring the health and economic benefits of increasing renewable energy. (Arizona Republic)
• Renewable energy advocates in Utah applaud lawmakers for passing legislation that will make it easier to buy electric vehicles and for homeowners to use solar power. (Salt Lake Tribune)
Leaders of a Colorado clean energy think tank celebrate a Fort Collins power provider’s goal to strictly rely on renewable energy sources in 12 years. (Green Biz)
A former Colorado congressman and the energy policy director for the American Legislative Exchange Council say federal lawmakers should take notice of the “all of the above” energy model currently being practiced by several Western states. (The Hill)
Even though a controversial oil and gas lease was recently canceled, a New Mexico tribal leader says Native Americans in the Four Corners region cannot let their guard down when it comes to protecting sacred lands. (Albuquerque Journal)

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