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New Mexico regulators reject $2 billion transmission project

TRANSMISSION: New Mexico regulators reject plans for a $2 billion transmission line project, citing the developers’ failure to obtain easements along parts of the proposed route. (Santa Fe New Mexican)

• California utilities led the country in energy storage capacity last year, according to a new industry survey. (PV Magazine)
• A Los Angeles-based startup has teamed up with a software company to create North America’s largest network of residential batteries dispatched for grid benefits. (Greentech Media)

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COAL: As the coal industry contracts, companies are letting lease applications linger longer in Wyoming. (Casper Star-Tribune)

SOLAR: New Mexico regulators order a utility to scrap a “standby” fee it was charging rooftop solar customers after finding the study used to justify the charges was “riddled with errors and unreliable.” (Santa Fe New Mexican)

• Several oil and gas companies are seeking to drill near Denver’s airport in a rush to beat suburban expansion. (Denver Post)
• Colorado’s oil and gas industry has poured $21 million into the fight against a ballot measure seeking to extend drilling setbacks. (Colorado Politics)

EFFICIENCY: Adopting new energy efficiency policies could save Hawaii households more money than anywhere else in the country, according to a new analysis. (Utility Dive)

UTILITIES: Arizona’s largest utility is seeking a $67 million rate increase to cover the cost of installing pollution control equipment at one of its coal-fired power plants. (Arizona Republic)

NUCLEAR: It’s unlikely Congress will soon put any money into restarting the licensing process for Yucca Mountain when a key Republican from Nevada is up for re-election in November, a former U.S. Department of Energy official says. (Las Vegas Sun)

PIPELINES: The operator of the Trans-Alaska pipeline is set to lay off 10 percent of its workforce. (KTVA)

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RESEARCH: New research from scientists at the Idaho National Laboratory suggests industrial hydrogen is close to being produced more efficiently, possibly leading to greater production of alternative fuels. (news release)

• It’s time for Arizona’s largest electric utility to start waging peace, not war, with clean energy, says the executive director of a renewable energy watchdog group. (Utility Dive)
• Hawaii shouldn’t wait until 2045 to start using 100 percent renewable energy, says the founders of a local group dedicated to fighting climate change. (Honolulu Civil Beat)
• Responsible oil and gas development has a place on our public lands, but not at the doorsteps of our national parks, says the advocacy director of a Colorado conservation group. (Pueblo Chieftain)
• A Montana coal plant deserves a responsible, effective cleanup that employs the local workforce, says the chair of a state conservation and family agriculture group. (Helena Independent Record)

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