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House passes bill restarting Yucca Mountain licensing process

NUCLEAR: Despite fierce opposition from Nevada lawmakers, the U.S. House approves a bill that would restart the licensing process for the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository. (Associated Press)

ALSO: Nuclear waste from power plants around the country could be headed to West Texas for temporary storage as a result of a bill passed by the House on Thursday. (Houston Chronicle)

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ELECTRIC CARS: Nevada regulators approve rules allowing the state’s largest utility to play a major role in building electric charging stations, a move opposed by consumer advocates. (Nevada Independent)

PIPELINES: Energy Transfer Partners announces plans to build a pipeline to carry oil from the Permian Basin to refineries in southeast Texas. (Reuters)

GRID: Xcel Energy’s recent departure from the Mountain West Transmission Group underscores the challenges of forming a Western RTO. (E&E News)

WIND:
• Texas regulators delay granting final approval to a 478 MW wind farm in West Texas after a commissioner raises questions about the Xcel Energy backed project. (RTO Insider)
• A Chicago wind company installs what it says is the tallest wind turbine in the U.S. at a West Texas test facility. (North American Windpower)
• Xcel Energy is building the largest wind farm to ever operate in Colorado. (The Denver Channel)

UTILITIES:
• Customers of Utah’s largest electric utility will see their bills decrease by about $32 a year as a result of recent federal corporate tax cuts. (Salt Lake Tribune)
• Officials with New Mexico’s largest electric utility say their energy efficiency programs have generated enough electricity savings over the past decade to power 470,000 homes for a year. (Albuquerque Journal)

OIL AND GAS:
• A former BP employee launches Pink Petro, a Houston business focused on closing the gender gap in the energy industry. (Texas Monthly)
• An energy consultant and noted shale skeptic predicts that time is running out for drilling in the Permian Basin and Eagle Ford, a view shared by almost no one. (Bloomberg)
• Texas regulators issued 34 percent more drilling permits in April than the year before as high prices continue to drive oil and gas development in the state. (Reuters)

POLLUTION: New data from the World Health Organization shows that an intensely drilled area of Colorado has relatively clean air, surprising activists and even some oil and gas company officials. (Grand Junction Daily Sentinel)

 

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