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Nevada data company plans largest solar project in U.S.

SOLAR: A Las Vegas-based data center company announces plans to build what it is calling the “single largest solar project portfolio” in the U.S. though details remain scarce. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

ALSO: New legislation seeks to preserve tax credits for rooftop solar panels in Utah and reflects compromise between the state’s largest power provider and solar advocates. (Salt Lake Tribune)

• Stanford University geophysicists develop a seismic stress map for the Permian Basin, highlighting which areas in the oil-rich region of Texas and New Mexico might be prone to fracking-induced earthquakes. (Stanford News)
• Brazil’s state-controlled oil company has decided to sell its Texas refinery that is the subject of a sweeping corruption investigation and multiple air pollution lawsuits. (Houston Chronicle)

RENEWABLES: Houston power company, NRG, is selling its renewable energy business and will focus on developing fossil fuels. (Houston Chronicle)

WIND: The wind industry in Oklahoma and an anti-tax group led by the Farm Bureau begin airing separate ads urging residents to oppose a plan to raise taxes there to stave off a budget crisis. (The Oklahoman)

UTILITIES: State regulators say two Texas utilities need to divest 1,281 megawatts of power in order to proceed with their planned $1.7 billion merger, which would make it one of the largest independent power producers in the country. (Utility Dive)

COAL: Texas continues to lose coal jobs despite Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s pledge to save the industry. (Athens Review)

• As the debate over energy development on land taken from national monuments in Utah heats up, lawmakers there begin debate on a bill that would require government officials to check in with state before advocating for public land protections. (Salt Lake Tribune)
• BLM extends the public comment period for its plan to manage public lands in southern Nevada and is seeking input on how renewable energy should be produced there and other issues. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

PIPELINES: Wyoming landowners advise Colorado residents on how to construct an easement that safeguards their interests when a $1.4 billion pipeline is built in the northeastern part of the state. (Sterling Journal-Advocate)

COMMENTARY: Reports that a Dallas energy company is divesting all of its assets to focus solely on the Permian Basin cements the notion the Permian Basin is America’s dominant oil field, says an oil industry consultant. (Forbes)

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