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Nuclear not included in Arizona clean energy ballot measure

RENEWABLE ENERGY: A draft copy of an Arizona clean energy ballot initiative shows how quickly utilities would need to ramp up renewable energy use and excludes nuclear power from the mix. (Phoenix New Times)

• Ski resorts in Colorado and other Western states are investing in their own energy resources in a variety of ways, including starting their own utilities, using solar panels or integrating battery power storage into their energy plans. (Washington Post)
• Colorado State University gets an “overwhelming” response from bidders seeking to help the school reach its goal of getting all of its power from renewable sources by 2030. (The Coloradoan)

• After three other companies failed in attempts to acquire Oncor, the largest electric utility in Texas, Sempra Energy’s $9.45 billion bid is on the verge of being approved by state regulators. (Dallas Morning News)
• A Nevada utility plans to pass along almost $84 million in cost savings to customers in response to recent federal tax cuts. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

POLITICS: An environmentalist who became a county commissioner in southern Colorado is facing a recall effort over her tough stances on local oil and gas issues. (Colorado Independent)

SOLAR: A community in New Mexico wrestles with the potential benefits and costs if it invests in a proposed solar array. (Farmington Daily Times)

• A Houston energy company files for bankruptcy on the same day it agrees to buy another company’s Gulf of Mexico assets in a $700 million deal. (Houston Chronicle)
• As volatility in fossil fuel markets continues to perplex many energy industry analysts, one major oil and gas producer anticipates prices to remain strong and relatively stable in 2018. (The Oklahoman)
• A Houston oilfield services company signs a deal with Egypt to conduct a seismic survey of the Gulf of Suez. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY: From “e-bikes” to electric cars, several Utah businesses showed of the latest in clean energy tech and products at the state Capitol. (Deseret News)

• An Arizona Republic columnist says a state utility regulator behind an ambitious plan to increase the state’s renewable energy use is overstepping his authority.
• A Christian Coalition leader says a proposal to change compensation for solar customers would “fly in the face of the independence upon which this nation was founded.” (Arizona Capitol Times)

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