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Oil company seeks to drill near former Colorado nuclear site

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OIL AND GAS: An oil and gas company has applied for permit to drill near a former nuclear weapons plant near Denver. (Denver Post)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Boulder, Colorado rolls out its first electric bus, which was converted from diesel to electric by a local company. (Boulder Daily Camera)

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PIPELINES: With memories of the Standing Rock protests still fresh, tribal opposition in Montana builds toward plans to build a 1,000-mile pipeline from Canada to Nebraska. (Wyoming Public Media)

SOLAR: New Mexico regulators deny a utility’s request to build and operate a solar farm to serve low-income residents; critics have said the cost is higher than a similar project. (Santa Fe New Mexican)

RENEWABLES: As Portland residents consider taxing large retailers to pay for clean energy, California’s community choice programs are accomplishing similar goals but for free. (Willamette Week)

COAL: A major coal company in Wyoming is making money again but remains uncertain about future production in the state. (Casper Star Tribune)

CARBON PRICING: An analysis breaks down competing estimates for how much a proposed carbon fee in Washington would cost residents. (The Spokesman-Review)

UTILITIES:
• A northern California utility says it won’t pay reimbursement claims for customers who say they suffered losses from its decision to cut off power to reduce wildfire risks. (CBS Sacramento)
• Nevada regulators allow a gaming company to drop the state’s largest utility as its power provider after it pays a $15 million fee. (Nevada Independent)

CLIMATE: California and other coastal states rip the Trump administration’s plan to allow states to write their own rules on emissions from coal-fired power plants. (Reuters)

POLITICS: A major oil and gas producer says it will trim its workforce and shift its focus to Texas and New Mexico if Colorado voters approve a ballot measure to increase drilling setbacks. (Reuters)

NUCLEAR: Nevada leaders are bracing for another attempt to revive the licensing process at Yucca Mountain despite President Trump’s signal that he might oppose such attempts. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

GRID: California’s finance department is sued over its refusal to turn over records relating to a failed attempt to expand the state’s grid. (San Diego Union-Tribune)

COMMENTARY:
• Colorado’s way of life is threatened by the Interior Department’s “energy dominance” agenda under President Trump, says the mayor pro tem of mountain town. (Denver Post)
• Even though a Southern California utility recently admitted its equipment sparked a deadly wildfire, the state’s ratepayers will ultimately pay for it “thanks to the public utility industry’s outsized influence in our state government,” says a local editorial board. (Ventura County Star)

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