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Massive Oklahoma wind farm clears a regulatory hurdle in Arkansas

WIND: Arkansas regulators approve the $4.5 billion Wind Catcher project. (Enid News and Eagle)

SOLAR: A Tucson utility argues that proposed rates for customers who produce excess energy from rooftop solar panels are too high, and will ultimately shortchange everyone. (Arizona Daily Star)

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• Former Anadarko employees say the company puts profit ahead of safety, explosive court documents reveal. (Colorado Independent)
• A substation fire knocks out power to two major refineries on the Texas Gulf Coast. (Reuters)
• Attorneys agree to delay the first court date of a Colorado State University student who chained himself to a bulldozer to protest drilling near a Greeley area school. (Greeley Tribune)
• Over the objections of the oil and gas industry, two environmental groups petition the federal government to declare a Texas lizard an endangered species. (Texas Tribune)
• Oklahoma regulators again order oil and gas operators to reduce their wastewater disposal volumes in an area of the state experiencing increased earthquakes. (Associated Press)
• Lobbyists for oil and gas companies and trade associations from Oklahoma and Texas were among those clamoring for meetings with EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, emails show. (Bloomberg)

NUCLEAR: Despite growing opposition in Nevada, Republican House leaders are pushing for a vote this week to restart the licensing process for the nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain. (Las Vegas Review Journal)

• As three coal plants close, coal is looking less and less vital to keeping the Texas grid strong even during a predicted hotter than average summer. (Houston Public Media)
• The Energy Department is seeking input on a plan to fund the development of small-scale, modular coal plants, which would be ready for construction by 2025. (The Hill)
• Decommissioned coal plants could find new life as utility-scale solar plants, says a University of Texas researcher. (UT News)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A new report says Denver could save millions by investing in electric buses. (Streetsblog)

POLITICS: A bill restoring funding to the Colorado Energy Office is among the energy-related bills headed to the governor to sign this week. (Colorado Public Radio)

COMMENTARY: David Roberts of Vox says Scott Pruitt’s ethical scandals — as head of the EPA and as Oklahoma’s attorney general — “reflect someone so accustomed to acting on behalf of industry that it fails to occur to him to try to hide it.”


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