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Navajo leader says Arizona coal plant likely to shut down

COAL: The president of the Navajo nation says the biggest coal plant in the West is on the verge of shutting down despite attempts to save it by Arizona officials and tribal leaders. (NBC News)

POLITICS: The fight over the future of the Colorado Energy Office appears to be over as state lawmakers pass legislation providing a steady stream of funding and defining its mission. (9 News)

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OIL AND GAS:
An effort to increase setbacks requirements for oil and gas development in Colorado is one step closer to appearing on the November ballot following a state supreme court ruling. (Westworld)
The oil and gas boom in Texas is happening with fewer workers and fewer rigs as automation transforms the industry. (Houston Chronicle)
As drilling surges in Texas, county officials say the state should allocate more money for roads damaged by heavy trucks and other oil patch machinery. (Texas Tribune)
A Colorado State University student who chained himself to a bulldozer to protest drilling near a Greeley-area school asks a judge to dismiss a lawsuit against him by the site’s operator. (Greeley Tribune)

PIPELINES: Experts say massive investments in the U.S. pipeline network are needed to get natural gas out of the Permian Basin and other shale hotspots. (Bloomberg)

RENEWABLES: As clean energy advocates and Arizona utilities square off over dueling renewable energy mandates, state regulators try to stay above the fray. (Daily Energy Insider)

PUBLIC LANDS: A state judge in Utah dismisses a lawsuit filed by an environmental group against county officials who met privately with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to discuss shrinking two national monuments. (Salt Lake Tribune)

SOLAR:
To save money, a southern Colorado sanitation district installs solar panels at its sewer lift stations. (Durango Herald)
An affiliate of a Utah solar company is bringing clean energy to Uganda. (Solar Industry Magazine)

NUCLEAR: Congress remains deeply divided over the proposal to build a permanent nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain in Nevada. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

UTILITIES: Colorado regulators allow Pueblo to have a say in how its embattled power provider passes on savings from recent federal tax cuts to ratepayers. (Pueblo Chieftain)

COMMENTARY: The president of a Utah solar company offers advice for businesses hoping to install solar. (Energy Manager Today)

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