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Geothermal potential in the West remains untapped

GEOTHERMAL: Untapped geothermal reservoirs across the West could become a major source of clean energy in the future. (NPR)

WIND:
• While Oklahoma and Texas lead in the nation in wind power, the two states couldn’t be more different when it comes to the political climate faced by the industry. (Houston Chronicle)
• Supporters of a plan to stave off a budget shortfall in Oklahoma are accusing the state’s wind industry of running a “stealth campaign” to derail it in order to avoid a tax hike. (The Oklahoman)
• Tulsa-area landowners interested in the $4.5 billion Wind Catcher project will have another opportunity to ask questions at series of meetings this week to discuss alternate routes that have recently been identified. (Tulsa World)

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OIL AND GAS:
• A small protected wildlife area in Utah has produced a cash windfall for the state in oil and gas revenues. (Salt Lake Tribune)
• A bill that would compel Colorado oil and gas regulators to consider the impact of drilling on public health before issuing permits passes out of committee but faces an uphill climb to becoming a law. (Colorado Independent)
• Texas oilmen tell President Trump not to forget about the industry in NAFTA negotiations. (Houston Chronicle)
• A Houston petrochemical company sees its profits surge as a result of the shale boom in West Texas. (Houston Chronicle)

PUBLIC LANDS: Federal officials decline to say whether anyone has submitted a claim to either mine or drill on land that was taken from two former monuments in Utah by the Trump administration. (Associated Press)

BIOMASS: A London-based renewable energy company tells its investors that it plans to open its “CoalSwitch” plant in Utah this week, a facility that will produce wood pellets from forestry waste. (Proactive Investors UK)

COAL: A Senate committee in New Mexico tables a bill that would have allowed the state’s largest electric utility to recover its investment in coal-fired power plants that are scheduled to be shut down. (Albuquerque Journal)

RENEWABLE ENERGY: Colorado regulators heard strong support for more renewable energy from farmers and other attendees at a public hearing last week. (Colorado Independent)

COMMENTARY:
• The Trump administration’s plan to cut clean energy research funding by 72 percent makes no sense, says the editorial board of the San Antonio Express-News.
• Park City’s recent deployment of an electric bus is a good example of what Utah could do with funds from the Volkswagen settlement, a local clean energy advocate says. (Deseret News)

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