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Operator says only a ‘unicorn’ can save Arizona coal plant

COAL: Coal miners and tribal leaders in Arizona and Utah rally to prevent a coal-fired plant from closing but its operator says only the “appearance of unicorn” could save it. (Arizona Republic)

ALSO: A New Mexico lawmaker introduces legislation that would reduce taxes on the state’s coal industry, which is bracing for the shutdown of two coal-fired plants there. (Farmington News)

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SOLAR:
• Solar industry job growth contracted for the first time in the U.S. since 2010, but a few Western states like Arizona and Utah see continued employment growth, according to a new report. (Reuters)
• Colorado is a bright spot in the lagging solar jobs report, posting a 13 percent increase from 2016 to 20017. (Colorado Public Radio)
• A San Antonio-based solar module manufacturer will double production, making it one of the largest module makers in the United States. (pv magazine)

WIND: A trade group for the wind industry in Oklahoma says a plan to raise taxes there to prevent a state budget crises unfairly penalizes them. (Public Radio Tulsa)

OIL AND GAS:
• As Congress weighs extending federal tax credits for carbon capture, fossil fuel interests continue to stake their hope in the technology as the international fight against climate change intensifies. (Houston Chronicle)
• County officials in Colorado are backing a controversial plan to drill on the slopes of the ecologically-sensitive Roan Plateau. (Grand Junction Daily Sentinel)
• Texas-based Anadarko Petroleum reported $1 billion in quarterly profits as a result of recent corporate tax breaks; the company would have otherwise had a small financial loss. (Houston Chronicle)

RENEWABLES:
• Arizona utility regulators begin discussing an ambitious plan that would require the state by 2050 to get 80 percent of power from carbon-free sources including nuclear energy. (Arizona Republic)
• Clean energy advocates in Nevada have filed paperwork to launch a ballot initiative that would require the state to get at least half of its power from renewable sources by 2030. (Nevada Appeal)

GRID: A settlement agreement between Texas utilities and their customers could pave the way for big changes in how meter data is shared. (Greentech Media)

PUBLIC LANDS: Utah officials confirm that no one has submitted a permit to mine or drill the land that was taken from two monuments there. (Bloomberg)

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