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For Navajo tribe, challenges from coal’s decline, but new hope in solar

COAL: Cleanup funds for coal mines in two states could be at risk if cooperatives continue to leave a Colorado power wholesaler in search of cleaner energy supplies. (Energy News Network)

ALSO:
• Closure of a New Mexico coal plant could have further economic impact on the Navajo Tribe. (Albuquerque Journal)
• Montana coal mines see an uptick in production, but it may not last. (Billings Gazette)

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UTILITIES:
• Activist Tom Steyer says an Arizona utility is using “dishonest tactics” to oppose a renewable energy ballot measure. (Arizona Capitol Times)
Arizona regulators consider a lower rate for customers who install their own energy storage. (Arizona Daily Star)

OIL AND GAS:
Wyoming regulators will allow a company to flare as much as 1 million cubic feet of natural gas per day. (Casper Star-Tribune)
Wyoming counties are slowly seeing benefits from a turnaround in the oil and gas industry. (Casper Star-Tribune)
Why Dominion Energy is doubling the size of a Utah natural gas pipeline. (Herald Journal)

SOLAR:
• Rooftop solar installations are down 23 percent in Utah as a major utility phases out net metering. (Standard-Examiner)
• Navajo officials say the success of a 27 MW solar project is proof the tribe is ready for more renewable energy. (Cronkite News)
• A proposed 240 MW solar farm near a Pueblo, Colorado steel mill may be one of the largest behind-the-meter solar projects to date. (PV Magazine)
Analysts say the Trump administration’s solar tariffs are so far having little impact on the pace of installations in the United States. (InsideClimate News)
An Alaska solar installer is seeing “a huge uptick in volume.(Peninsula Clarion)

POLITICS: An Arizona utility is so far staying out of a Republican primary for two open state utility commission seats. (Arizona Capitol Times)

RENEWABLES: A new report says advanced energy jobs are expected to grow 6 percent in Colorado this year. (Greeley Tribune)

COMMENTARY:
An energy consultant says Utah’s largest utility could save ratepayers money by more quickly shifting away from coal. (Salt Lake Tribune)
A physicist and energy researcher says California’s leadership on clean energy is “a good business decision for the state and the nation.” (San Francisco Chronicle)
A college student writing on behalf of a Colorado free-market think tank challenges the calculations used to support Xcel Energy’s clean energy plan. (Colorado Springs Gazette)

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