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New Mexico regulators approve $1.6 billion wind project

WIND: New Mexico regulators approve Xcel Energy’s $1.6 billion plan to build two large wind farms near the Texas/New Mexico border. (Albuquerque Journal)

RENEWABLES:
• The mayor of Georgetown, Texas is a stalwart low-taxes, light on regulation Republican who has helped the city become the greenest in the nation(Smithsonian)
• Arizona State University is helping the city of Tempe develop strategies to meet its ambitious goal of getting all of its power from renewable sources by 2035. (The State Press)
• Renewable energy is the only source of power for Arizona “ecovillages,” communities that take sustainability to a whole new level. (AZ Big Media)

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SOLAR:
• An Arizona utility and Tesla have reached a settlement in an antitrust lawsuit over solar installation fees. (KJZZ)
An El Paso electric utility is expanding its community solar program based on high customer demand. (Houston Chronicle)

OIL AND GAS:
• Scientists discover that two massive sink holes in West Texas are part of a bigger problem — vast oil fields that are heaving, sinking and possibly spreading. (Science Alert)
Officials in a county in eastern Utah blame a decline in oil and gas development and mining for its almost three percent population decline last year, the eighth worst in the nation for large counties. (Salt Lake Tribune)
• Colorado regulators fine an energy company $30,000 after discovering one of its wells was encroaching on a nearby unit, which can affect royalty payments. (Daily Sentinel)

NUCLEAR: Los Alamos County officials postpone a decision on whether the county should buy nuclear power from a small module reactor in Idaho. (Los Alamos Monitor)

PUBLIC LANDS: The National Park Service warned BLM that its controversial oil and gas lease sale could harm two national parks and two monuments in Utah, letters obtained by the Washington Post show.

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UTILITIES: The chief executive officer of Colorado Springs Utilities will retire at the end of May. (Colorado Springs Gazette)

COMMENTARY: A Utah Republican lawmaker said the state recently took a step in the right direction when it proposed new rules aimed at curbing emissions from oil and gas equipment, but argues more is needed to clean up the state’s air. (Utah Policy)

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