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Massive wind project hits snag in New Mexico

WIND: Xcel Energy’s plans to build two massive wind farms along the Texas/New Mexico border hit a potential project-killing roadblock following a recent meeting of utility regulators in New Mexico. (Albuquerque Journal)

ALSO:
• A Salt Lake City-based subsidiary of a Warren Buffet-owned utility will build four wind farm projects in Wyoming by 2020. (Casper Star Tribune)
• Arkansas’ largest power provider reaches a deal with state regulators, the attorney general and Walmart to acquire part of the Wind Catcher wind project in Oklahoma (Arkansas Times)

TECHNOLOGY: A Colorado researcher and a Texas startup are among those who say blockchain – the digital code that is used to create cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin – could also play a role in advancing clean energy. (Southwest Energy News)

OIL AND GAS:
• Colorado’s top oil and gas regulator resigns to take a job with a consulting firm that works with energy companies. (Colorado Independent)
• A Denver suburb is on the verge of passing sweeping new regulations for the oil and gas industry. (Colorado Hometown Weekly)
• A Houston-based energy company has purchased a site near Corpus Christi to build a multi-billion dollar plant to produce liquefied natural gas. (Corpus Christi Caller Times)
• Federal investigators are looking into the death of a worker on a platform in the Gulf of Mexico operated by a Houston energy company. (Houston Chronicle)
• A Texas oilman steps down as chief executive officer of Hilcorp, a Houston-based energy company known for giving employees cars and hefty cash bonuses. (Bloomberg)

NATURAL GAS: Officials in a western Colorado county are pushing for a new natural gas plant in their area as part of a statewide energy plan. (Glenwood Springs Post Independent)

SOLAR: A solar manufacturer proposes a 50 MW array in West Texas. (Odessa American)

RENEWABLES: The Arizona regulator touting an ambitious plan to increase the state’s renewable energy use has asked the state’s utility consumer advocate to conduct a cost-benefit analysis. (Prescott News)

POLICY: Citing the need for state oversight, a Utah Senate committee endorses legislation that would prevent local governments from passing oil and gas regulations. (Deseret News)

COMMENTARY:
• A Nevada congresswoman says solar technology will drive the state’s clean energy future and the Trump administration needs to support the industry or get out of its way. (Las Vegas Sun)
• Rather than dump its investment from fossil fuel production on state-owned lands, Texas should use oil and gas revenues to support research focused on low carbon energy sources and storage, says a University of Texas PhD student. (Texas Tribune)

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