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New Mexico nuclear waste storage plan moves forward

NUCLEAR: A new plan to store nuclear waste in southern New Mexico clears a regulatory hurdle as federal officials now begin assessing whether the project poses safety risks. (Associated Press) 

UTILITIES:
• A former scientist at the National Renewable Energy Lab takes the helm of a western Colorado electricity co-op and discusses its future. (Southwest Energy News)
• A Houston power provider reports a $2 billion loss for 2017 and is bracing for more losses as a result of an underperforming nuclear plant it owns. (Houston Chronicle)
• Xcel Energy’s natural gas customers in Pueblo will see an 87 cent drop in their monthly bills as a result of recent federal tax cuts. (Pueblo Chieftain)
• Five clean energy advocates are running for seats on the board of an Arizona utility. (Arizona Republic)

GRID: Texas’s grid operator braces for the potential to see record electricity demand this summer. (Austin American-Statesman)

OIL AND GAS:
• The potential for new oil production on land that was removed from a Utah monument drove the Trump administration’s controversial move, Interior Department emails show. (New York Times)
• Houston energy industry leaders are looking to partner with the Texas Medical Center to launch a data science consortium. (Houston Chronicle)
• In arguments before the Oklahoma Supreme Court, attorneys for the state’s oil and gas industry question the language of a statewide ballot initiative that would raise taxes on energy companies to help support a teacher pay raise. (Daily Oklahoman)
• Natural gas service has been shut off for thousands of Dallas homes following a series of leaks that have prompted repeated evacuations in the wake of a deadly house explosion. (Associated Press)

SOLAR:
• While still voicing support for solar power, city officials in Farmington, New Mexico reject a proposed solar project because of high costs. (Farmington Daily Times)
Utah is likely to remain one of the top states in the nation for solar generation, according to a new report. (Salt Lake Tribune)

POLICY: Colorado won’t be joining 18 states trying to stop the Trump administration from scrapping the Clean Power Plan. (Denver Post)

COMMENTARY:
• Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley says Texas’s oil and gas industry doesn’t have to be at odds with the biofuels industry. (Houston Chronicle)
• The editorial board of the Reno Gazette-Journal urges Nevada state leaders to keep up their bi-partisan fight against the current effort to revive plans to store nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain.
• The director of a Montana watchdog group says most Westerners want to protect public lands and oppose efforts to open national monuments to energy production. (The Hill)

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