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Former Boulder mayor has regrets about city’s split with Xcel Energy

UTILITIES: The former mayor of Boulder, Colorado says the city’s effort to split from Xcel Energy and form its own municipal utility may have been a mistake. (Grist)

ALSO:
• The school district serving Clark County, Nevada may follow in the footsteps of casino chains and cut ties with the state’s largest utility by developing its own solar power. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
• State officials in Arizona are investigating whether a utility’s recent rate increase has resulted in bills that are higher than what was promised. (Arizona Daily Sun)

OIL AND GAS:
• Texas oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens, an advocate for both natural gas and renewable energy, is retiring, citing health woes. (New York Times)
• Colorado wildlife official say a plan to drill 140 new wells east of Boulder could have a detrimental impact on several species of birds and some fish. (Associated Press)
• Two Texas energy companies are targeted in a lawsuit filed recently by New York City over the roles they have played in hastening climate change. (Texas Monthly)
• The state land commissioner in New Mexico is challenging two recently filed bills that seek to use state funds to help prevent a brine well near Carlsbad from collapsing. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)

COLORADO: State lawmakers advance a plan to revise the mission of the Colorado Energy Office to increase emphasis on nuclear, natural gas and hydropower. (Colorado Independent)

WIND: An Oklahoma utility backing a $4.5 billion wind project announces a possible route departure for its 360-mile connecting line. (Tulsa World)

COAL: The future of Utah’s fading coal industry will be influenced by an upcoming ruling from a federal judge in California who will decide whether the city of Oakland was legally justified in banning coal shipments. (Salt Lake Tribune)

RENEWABLES: Utah’s ski industry is going increasingly green, relying more on renewable energy to power its resorts. (Vail Daily)

COMMENTARY:
• Communities in eastern Colorado will benefit under Xcel Energy’s plan to develop more wind and solar energy in the state, local economic development officials say. (Denver Post)
• Federal regulators were right to reject Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s plan to prop up the coal industry, the San Antonio Express-News argues. (San Antonio Express-News)
• The Denver Post editorial board says the Trump administration should be ashamed over reports a Colorado-based uranium company successfully swayed them to shrink the size of the Bear Ears National Monument in Utah to open up nearby lands for mining. (Denver Post)
• A New Mexico lawmaker says it’s time to shift to a clean energy economy and that’s why he’s filed legislation that would establish a legal framework for utilities there to shut down coal-fired power plants. (Santa Fe New Mexican)

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