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Judge approves class action status for Oklahoma earthquake lawsuit

OIL AND GAS: An Oklahoma judge approves a request for class-action status on a lawsuit against a Tulsa energy company accused of causing earthquakes. (StateImpact Oklahoma)

ALSO:
• A Houston company announces plans to expand its liquefied natural gas export terminal under development in Southeast Texas. (Reuters)
• A Colorado city gives final approval to a deal that would effectively cease surface drilling within the city limits. (Longmont Times-Call)
• A conservation group is opposing BLM’s plans to lease more than 4,000 acres in northern Arizona for oil and gas development. (Kallanish Energy)
• Fort Collins, Colorado votes to join a lawsuit attempting to prohibit state regulators from granting drilling permit unless they can prove it won’t hurt human health or the environment. (The Coloradoan)
• A Colorado company is making soundproof walls for oil and gas companies in hopes of mitigating conflicts between the industry and homeowners. (The Denver Channel)

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WIND: With the addition of major projects in Texas and New Mexico, Xcel Energy is set to surpass 10 GW of wind power capacity by 2022. (Recharge News)

UTILITIES:
• A new report from a Colorado clean energy think tank warns that a “rush to gas” by utilities, regulators and investors could cost more than $500 billion. (Utility Dive)
• The natural gas provider for a New Mexico city is asking state regulators for permission to increase base rates by 9.2 percent. (Ruidoso News)
• A Salt Lake City utility gives a middle school $576,000 to buy a solar array, electric vehicle charging station and a battery storage system. (Deseret News)

NUCLEAR: Opponents of a plan to open a temporary nuclear waste repository in New Mexico question why the facility would be built in a state without nuclear power plants. (Albuquerque Journal)

GRID:
• An assistant professor at the University of Utah has received a $2 million grant to test microgrid technology. (Deseret News)
• Texas is among the states with the most secure grids, according to a new survey. (Utility Dive)

SOLAR: University of Texas researchers are awarded $3 million for a project to integrate solar power generation and storage into a single system. (UT News)

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EFFICIENCY: A Colorado group dedicated to boosting residential energy efficiency hires a new executive director. (Summit Daily News)

COMMENTARY:
• An Arizona columnist asks, “Who is protecting our self interests – a California billionaire supporting a state clean energy initiative or the local millionaires fighting it?” (Arizona Daily Star)

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