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Norman becomes the first Oklahoma city to adopt a 100 percent clean energy goal

RENEWABLES: Norman, Oklahoma becomes the first city in the state to pledge to transition to 100 percent renewable energy. (Norman Transcript)

ALSO: Boosting renewable energy in New Mexico was one of the issues tackled by utility stakeholders recently convened by a Colorado clean energy think tank. (Utility Dive)

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COAL:
• Xcel Energy has reduced carbon emissions by 35 percent since 2005, mostly by closing aging coal plants, an internal report shows. (Denver Post)
• A struggling Colorado coal company gets a $110 million bridge loan to pay its immediate debts. (Santa Fe New Mexican)

POLITICS: California billionaire Tom Steyer is the target of an aggressive public relations campaign seeking to discredit the Wall Street investor for his support of clean energy initiatives in Arizona and other states. (Phoenix New Times)

EFFICIENCY: An Oklahoma city becomes the first in the state to offer incentives to builders for constructing energy efficient homes. (CNHI Oklahoma)

SOLAR:
• The CEO of Nevada’s largest electric utility says a clean energy initiative would upend net metering, dramatically increasing rooftop solar customers’ bills. (Nevada Appeal)
• A North Texas electric co-op signs what is being billed as the largest solar energy purchase agreement of its kind in the state. (Solar Industry Magazine)
• A Santa Fe-based renewable energy group is asking that two New Mexico utility regulators recuse themselves from a case involving a solar company with ties to their election campaigns. (Santa Fe New Mexican)

OIL AND GAS:
• Anadarko Petroleum reaches a settlement with the families of two men killed in a deadly home explosion last year in Colorado. (Associated Press)
• An Oklahoma Supreme Court judge who has been nominated to a federal court faces questions about his ties to a local oil and gas company and his friendship with EPA administrator Scott Pruitt. (The Oklahoman)
• Oklahoma oil and gas regulators order companies to reduce wastewater injections or cease operations entirely in a heavily drilled part of the state recently rocked by earthquakes. (Associated Press)
• A northern Colorado county is considering buying an easement on a  family farm that would restrict future oil and gas development. (Boulder Daily Camera)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Despite low gas prices, demand for electric vehicles and those that run on alternative fuels continues to grow in Oklahoma, a trend driven mostly by corporate and government fleets. (The Oklahoman)
• A South Texas city sponsors its first ever electric car race. (KVEO)

COMMENTARY:
• A Nevada assemblyman and solar company founder says Nevadans should support a clean energy initiative, otherwise they are telling energy developers they are OK with fossil fuels damaging the planet. (Las Vegas Sun)
• The editorial board of the Colorado Springs Gazette commends a northern Colorado city for reaching a deal with two energy companies to cease surface drilling inside the city limits.

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