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New Mexico in ‘street fight’ over Trump energy rules

PUBLIC LANDS: New Mexico’s attorney general is bringing a “street fight for justice” in his efforts to oppose the Trump administration’s rollback of rules related to energy development. (E&E News)

OIL AND GAS: The 17-year-old plaintiff challenging Colorado’s oil and gas industry regulators talks about his motivations for bringing the lawsuit, which could transform the way the state issues leases. (Westword)

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SOLAR: A Colorado-based clean energy think tank is promoting an initiative to counteract any negative economic impacts of the recently imposed solar tariff. (GreenBiz)

OIL AND GAS: A former official for the world’s largest crude exporter draws a comparison between surging oil production in the Permian Basin and Saudi Arabia. (Bloomberg)

COAL:
• Federal mining regulators cite a Colorado coal company in the August death of a Utah man who was killed by a falling piece of equipment. (Salt Lake Tribune)
• The Colorado Supreme Court has ruled that a Colorado Springs art foundation can sue the city over pollution from one of its former coal gasification plants. (Colorado Springs Independent)
• The head of Colorado’s mining association says President Trump really did save the coal industry, a claim environmentalists and others hotly dispute. (Grand Junction Sentinel)

WIND:
• After meeting with officials for the $4.5 billion Wind Catcher project, Tulsa-area landowners have mixed feelings about alternative routes being discussed. (Tulsa World)
• A German utility offloads part of its financial stake in a coastal Texas wind farm. (Renewables Now)

RENEWABLE ENERGY:
• Houston civic leaders ask how the city can foster a better environment for renewable energy companies. (Houston Chronicle)
• The Denton City Council will vote on a plan today that could require the city to get all of its power from renewable energy sources by 2020, a move that would make it the second city in Texas to do so. (Denton Record-Chronicle)

POLICY: A group of major Nevada political and business figures are mounting the first serious opposition to a ballot measure to deregulate the state’s electricity market, a move the group says would cost consumers billions of dollars. (Nevada Independent)

POLITICS: Executives from Arizona’s largest utility are donating heavily to the re-election campaign of Gov. Doug Ducey. (Arizona Capitol Times)

COMMENTARY:
• Utilities that want to transition from fossil fuels to clean energy should look to Xcel Energy, Colorado’s largest power provider. (New York Times)
• A columnist questions Wyoming’s efforts to increase taxes on wind energy. (Denver Post)

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