Southwest Energy News

New Mexico leads the nation in wind energy growth

WIND: New Mexico led the nation last year as the fastest growing state for new wind energy construction, according to a new industry report. (Albuquerque Journal)

ALSO:
A Chicago-based clean energy company inks a deal to provide 60 MW of wind energy produced in Texas to the biopharmaceutical company Merck. (reNews)
The Colorado wind industry saw continued growth in 2017, according to a new report. (Denver Post)

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CLIMATE: A lawsuit against two oil companies by the city and county of Boulder and one other Colorado county comes as the impacts of climate change are already taking a significant economic toll. (InsideClimate News)

OIL AND GAS:
Officials from a Utah oil refinery donate $120,000 to a Salt Lake City school to boost STEM programs. (Salt Lake Tribune)
Private equity firms continue to make big investments in Houston energy companies and the Texas oil patch. (Houston Chronicle)
Rural Colorado residents tell regulators that pollution rules for oil and gas operations on the northern Front Range should be adopted statewide. (Grand Junction Sentinel)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Charging stations in rural Nevada are seeing limited — but increasing — usage. (Nevada Independent)

GRID: A case pending before Texas utility regulators could test the limits of FERC’s recent historic ruling on energy storage. (Utility Dive)

UTILITIES:
Some customers of an Arizona utility say their electric bills have increased by as much as 62 percent. (AZ Family)
Xcel Energy taps its vice president for rates and regulatory affairs to lead its Colorado operations. (Boulder Daily Camera)

RENEWABLE ENERGY: A Utah clean energy group is selected to participate in a research collaborative tasked with finding new ways to get more solar energy on the grid. (news release)

PIPELINES: The U.S. Department of Energy is offering $25 million in grants to improve cybersecurity following attacks on pipeline companies in Texas and Oklahoma. (Bloomberg)

POLITICS: Nevada’s top Democratic candidates for governor say they’ll oppose a ballot measure to set up a competitive electricity market. (Nevada Independent)

COMMENTARY:
Closing an Arizona nuclear plant decades ahead of schedule won’t address climate change, says a Forbes writer.
The spokesman for a national civil rights group says a Nevada senator is playing the “victim’s card” in his opposition to building a nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain. (The Hill)
It’s a brave new world when a utility that does business in coal-producing Western states plans to ramp up renewables and move away from fossil fuels, says a solar developer. (PV Magazine)
A New Mexico lawmaker says the Trump administration’s “wasteful” rollback of federal methane rules is bad for the state. (Las Cruces Sun News)

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