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Report: Clean energy jobs to outweigh Colorado coal plant layoffs

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COAL: Construction hiring and spending from Xcel Energy’s new clean energy plan would provide a bigger economic benefit to a southern Colorado city than the 80 jobs lost to a local coal plant closure, according to a new study. (Pueblo Chieftain)

ALSO: Coal power produced by Wyoming’s largest utility is more expensive than renewable energy, according to a new study commissioned by an environmental group. (Casper Star-Tribune)

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POLITICS:
• Saying coal is the “Blockbuster Video of fuel sources,” former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger continues to criticize President Trump for his efforts to revive the industry. (The Hill)
• U.S. Senator John Barrasso of Wyoming says he expects Senate action soon on his bill to incentivize carbon capture technology. (Utility Dive)

SOLAR: A Phoenix area utility is seeking proposals to build 106 MW of battery storage at some of its existing solar facilities. (Renewables Now)

OIL AND GAS:
• The Alaska Gasline Development Corp. is preparing an equity offering this summer for its $43 billion liquefied natural gas terminal and pipeline project. (Reuters)
• A central Idaho regional landfill will soon begin converting gas to energy. (Twin Falls Times-News)

TECHNOLOGY: A California company is using a “gravity train” to store and transport excess energy produced by power grids. (BBC)

UTILITIES: Facing a board shakeup spurred by activist investors, a San Diego-based utility announces plans to sell off some of its natural gas storage and renewable energy assets. (Reuters)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A southern Colorado city is backing local efforts to obtain grant funding for electric vehicle charging stations. (The Journal)

COMMENTARY:
• Arizona residents don’t need to change the state Constitution to prescribe more renewable energy, says the president and CEO of a local utility. (Arizona Capitol Times)
• In the short term, California’s grid needs the reliability that natural gas plants can offer, says a state utility regulator. (Utility Dive)
• If Canada really wants to hit President Trump where it hurts, it should target coal being exported from the U.S. including Wyoming’s Powder River Basin, says a Canadian economist. (Vancouver Sun)
• California lawmakers need to stop utilities from letting taxpayers assume their liability risks, says the head of a Los Angeles consumer watchdog group. (Sacramento Bee)

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