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Merger is complete in Texas power producer deal

UTILITIES: Two Texas power companies complete their merger, creating the state’s largest power producer and one of the nation’s biggest generators of electricity. (Houston Chronicle)

POLITICS: California activist Tom Steyer will pour $2 million into Arizona elections, including an effort to increase the state’s renewable energy use. (Arizona Capitol Times)

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OIL AND GAS:
A new study concludes Colorado residents living within 500 feet of an oil and gas operation could have an increased risk of getting cancer, but state health officials aren’t convinced. (Denver Post)
A Colorado commission rules that a state senator violated ethics rules by moderating an oil and gas forum paid for by the industry. (Denver Post)
Oklahoma regulators order an oil and gas producer to limit its wastewater disposal after a large earthquake set off a wave of seismic activity in the northwestern part of the state. (Reuters)
Western Colorado residents refuse to give a variance to Denver energy company, prompting the driller to move its equipment to the far edge of a proposed oil and gas pad. (Grand Junction Daily Sentinel)
An Oklahoma agency has cleaned up more than 16,000 abandoned oil and gas wells at a cost of $113 million to date. (The Oklahoman)

WIND:
Residents who live near a proposed wind farm on federal land in western Nevada worry about turbines killing birds, obscuring views and spurring new road construction. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Oklahoma lawmakers pass a bill eliminating tax credits for the wind industry, a move expected to generate about $76 million in two years. (KOCO)

SOLAR:
The Colorado solar industry names a New Mexico electric cooperative as a finalist for its utility of the year award. (Taos News)
Construction of a 2 MW solar array in central New Mexico begins. (Mountain Valley Telegraph)

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PIPELINES: A private equity firm acquires a Texas company and its Permian Basin pipeline network in a $1.75 billion deal. (Houston Chronicle)

COMMENTARY: A Republican environmentalist makes the case for a bullet train connecting Dallas and Houston. (Inside Sources)

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