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Nevada utility could push bar for solar pricing even lower

SOLAR: A Nevada utility’s bid could soon break the record for the lowest price for solar energy in the nation. (Greentech Media)

ALSO: Arizona regulators delay setting new rates for rooftop solar customers in the Tucson area. (Arizona Daily Star)

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UTILITIES:
• Montana regulators sign off on a Canadian utility’s acquisition of Avista Corp., a co-owner of the embattled Colstrip power plant near Billings. (The Spokesman-Review)
• A Montana utility misses the deadline for paying its property tax bills in 46 counties and now faces a $1.5 million fine for being a day late. (Billings Gazette)

STORAGE: As California utilities come close to hitting mandated energy storage goals, many are looking to set those targets higher. (Utility Dive)

OIL AND GAS:
• A Colorado oil and gas advocacy group warned that taxpayers could be on the hook for billions of dollars in compensation claims from property owners if voters approve tough new industry restrictions. (Associated Press)
• Federal lawmakers are close to a deal that would give Alaska Natives a cut of state revenues generated by drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. (Anchorage Daily News)
• The Permian Basin in Texas and New Mexico is on pace to soon become the third largest oil-producing field in the world, according to a new estimate. (CNBC)
• Three oil and gas companies are suing the state of Alaska over changes in tax policy that company officials say could cost them millions of dollars. (Anchorage Daily News)

TRANSMISSION: The developers of a $2 billion transmission line project are making their case before New Mexico regulators this week. (Associated Press)

POLICY: A legislative proposal to boost renewable energy in New Mexico while allowing the state’s largest utility to recoup its investment in coal will likely resurface next year, a state lawmaker says. (Albuquerque Journal)

TECHNOLOGY: A Silicon Valley fuel cell startup plans to go public, but company officials won’t say how much they hope to raise. (Greentech Media)

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COAL:
• As the coal industry continues its decline, one of Wyoming’s largest producers is closing an office in the northeastern part of the state. (Casper Star-Tribune)
• Meanwhile, a Wyoming senator continues to make the case that coal keeps the nation’s grid resilient as the Trump administration moves to prop up the struggling industry. (Casper Star-Tribune)

COMMENTARY:
• The Trump administration’s plan to bail out the coal industry is not a long-term solution, says the editorial board of the Casper Star-Tribune.
• The CEO of Arizona’s largest utility says a ballot measure set to go before voters this fall is bad energy policy being pushed by an out-of-state billionaire who won’t have to live with any unintended consequences. (Arizona Republic)
• A Tucson utility is asking to impose rates that make it less affordable for its customers to install rooftop solar panels, just one more example of how our country is backsliding on clean energy, says an Arizona Daily Star columnist.

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