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Report: Texas wind has benefitted from lack of federal oversight

• The wind industry in Texas has benefitted from a lack of federal oversight, a new report shows. (Houston Chronicle)
• A northern Colorado power provider has signed a purchase agreement to buy 150 megawatts of wind energy, putting it on track to get 48 percent of its electricity from renewable sources. (Reporter-Herald)

NUCLEAR: A small, modular nuclear reactor designed to stave off a meltdown is being developed in Idaho for a consortium of Western utilities. (Forbes)

• On the same day the Trump administration imposes a new solar tariff, a Texas photovoltaic module maker announces it is ramping up production. (Renewables Now)
• Meanwhile, an analysis shows emerging solar markets in Texas and other southern states will be most negatively impacted by the tariff. (GreenTech Media)

COAL: A ruling from a California federal judge on a lawsuit filed against the city of Oakland for banning coal shipments from Utah is likely weeks away, new court filings suggest. (East Bay Times)

• State oil and gas regulators put new restrictions on the public comment process for hearings, drawing criticism from environmentalists and others who called the move “shameful.” (Colorado Independent)
• The remains of five workers killed in a rig explosion in Oklahoma have been recovered while initial reports suggest the cause of the blast was an uncontrolled gas release. (Associated Press)
• An economist for the oil and gas industry in Texas predicts production in the state this year will surpass a record set in 1972. (Houston Public Media)
• An Oklahoma-based shale oil production company has rejected requests by activist investor Carl Icahn to restructure its board of directors. (Reuters)

COURTS: Just days after a rig explosion killed five workers in Oklahoma, a state supreme court judge there has ruled that oil and gas companies can be sued when an employee is killed on the job. (Associated Press)

UTILITIES: Customers of New Mexico’s largest power provider can expect to see a 46 cent increase on their monthly bills, according to new filings with state regulators. (Associated Press)

POLICY: On the heels of the announcement a tariff on imported solar cells and modules, state lawmakers in New Mexico file a bill that seeks to give homeowners a 10 percent tax credit on the purchase and installation of solar panels. (New Mexico Political Report)

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