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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)

• 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)

• 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)

• 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)

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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