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New Mexico carbon capture plan called ‘a false hope’

COAL: An energy think tank blasts a carbon capture proposal for a New Mexico coal plant, saying the plan has “a lot of flim-flam in it.” (NM Political Report)

ALSO:
• An analysis finds the Trump Administration’s Affordable Clean Energy Rule isn’t impacting plans for coal plant retirements. (Wyoming Public Media)
• Researchers find coal-dependent communities are inadequately prepared for the industry’s further decline. (ThinkProgress)
• Former employees of an Arizona coal plant prepare for new careers in the tech industry. (Navajo-Hopi Observer)

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UTILITIES:
• A Colorado cooperative says it plans to settle its dispute with wholesale provider Tri-State Generation as the company moves to federal oversight. (Denver Post)
• An Oregon utility launches a new rebate for customers who cut their energy use. (Portland Business Journal)

OIL AND GAS:
• Officials in Boulder County, Colorado extend a moratorium on new drilling applications, while neighboring Weld County establishes its own oversight agency. (Daily Camera, CBS Denver)
• Colorado delegates take opposing views on drilling on public lands at a congressional hearing. (Colorado Springs Gazette)

OVERSIGHT: The Trump administration says its plan to move Bureau of Land Management leadership to Colorado will save millions of dollars. (Associated Press)

NATURAL GAS: Berkeley, California, approves a measure prohibiting gas connections for most new buildings, becoming the first city in the state to do so. (Berkeleyside)

BIOMASS: Arizona regulators deny a utility’s request to convert a coal plant to run on biomass fueled by forest byproducts. (Arizona Daily Sun)

SOLAR: Officials in Aspen, Colorado, extend public discussion on a proposed solar project amid opposition from neighbors raising aesthetic concerns. (Aspen Times)

NUCLEAR: A Utah city votes to continue its participation in an Idaho nuclear power project, despite objections from its mayor. (Herald Journal)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Oregon Gov. Kate Brown signs a bill that transitions the state’s vehicle fleet to zero-emissions by 2029. (KTVZ)

GRID: A battery storage project is helping improve reliability in a remote Washington town that is served by a single power line. (Kirkland Reporter)

RESEARCH: Budget cuts resulting from decreased state oil revenue could jeopardize climate change research at the University of Alaska. (Science)

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RENEWABLE ENERGY: Navajo Nation officials met earlier this month with retired Gen. Wesley Clark to discuss clean energy investment. (Navajo-Hopi Observer)

COMMENTARY:
• An analysis finds that people of color in Colorado are disproportionately exposed to pollution from vehicle exhaust. (Union of Concerned Scientists)
• An Oregon Republican says he and his colleagues opposed climate legislation because it put regulation “way out in front of the technology horse.” (Blue Mountain Eagle)
• California advocates say coping with wildfires should not derail the state’s push for progress on climate change. (Sacramento Bee)
• An author recalls how a Wyoming town recovered from the loss of coal jobs in the 1980s. (Rocket-Miner)

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