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Nevada clean energy plan pits a major utility against the casino industry

RENEWABLE ENERGY: The powerful Nevada casino industry and a Warren Buffett-owned utility are squaring off over a clean energy initiative. (Utility Dive)

ALSO: A top casino executive blasts a Nevada utility regulator for releasing a “flatly unlawful” and “disgraceful” report that indicates a clean energy initiative will raise electric bills. (Nevada Independent)

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COAL: The Arizona Senate has approved a tax break to entice a new buyer for a soon-to-be shuttered coal plant on the Navajo Nation. (Associated Press)

SOLAR:
• A Nevada congresswoman files a bill that would repeal the Trump administration’s solar panel tariffs. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
• Testimony continues in the federal trial of a Utah energy technology company that the federal government claims was at the center of an “abusive tax scheme.” (Deseret News)

WIND:
• Conservative states like Oklahoma are adopting progressive renewable energy policies even though many of their elected officials remain hostile to climate change action. (InsideClimate News)
• The University of Arkansas and the city of Fayettville announce their support of a massive Oklahoma wind farm project. (Arkansas Times)

PIPELINES: Jurors being selected this week in California will decide whether a Houston company broke the law when one of its pipelines burst, sending more than 123,000 gallons of crude onto a pristine beach. (Associated Press)

OIL AND GAS:
• A Denver-area refinery is releasing 8.5 tons of hydrogen cyanide gas near several low-income neighborhoods, records show. (Denver Post)
• Oklahoma regulators order an oil and gas wastewater disposal well to be shut down after another series of earthquakes erupts north of Oklahoma City. (Reuters)
• The top three executives of a Houston energy company earned over $110 million in compensation after it emerged from bankruptcy last year, according to SEC filings. (Houston Chronicle)
•  An Oklahoma oil and gas industry group targets state lawmakers who voted to approve a tax hike to support teacher pay raises. (The Oklahoman)
• The oil and gas lease sale near the Great Sand Dunes National Park in southern Colorado is set for September as opposition grows. (Colorado Independent)

POLITICS: Colorado lawmakers pass a watered down ethics bill for state utility regulators. (Pueblo Chieftain)

UTILITIES: The top five executives of a New Mexico utility could earn over $8 million in combined compensation under a proposal before shareholders. (Albuquerque Journal)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A new law allowing Tesla to sell cars directly to consumers in Utah could lead to more efforts to expand charging stations. (The Daily Universe)

COMMENTARY:
The Trump administration’s rollback of federal methane rules will decrease school funding, waste energy, and create more air pollution in Utah, says the founding board member of a Mormon environmental group. (Salt Lake Tribune)
A Forbes writer says pipeline help is coming to the Permian Basin, rejecting predictions that oil and gas production in the prolific Texas oil field might be slowing soon.

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