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Rooftop solar on the rebound in Nevada

SOLAR: The rooftop solar industry is rebounding in Nevada in the wake of new legislation that restored net metering, though some Las Vegas homebuilders are leery of relaunching their solar panel installation programs. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

ALSO: President Trump’s tariff on imported solar panels has created a cash windfall for an Arizona solar company. (Greentech Media)

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PUBLIC LANDS:
• Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke abruptly cancels an oil and gas lease sale in northwestern New Mexico on land near a sacred Navajo site. (Washington Post)
• Meanwhile, indigenous activists are leading the quiet, but successful fight against oil and gas development on Navajo lands. (High Country News)
• Utah Senator Orrin Hatch says the real motivation behind the decision to shrink the Bear Ears National Monument was providing funds for state schools, not “greedy energy tycoons.” (Deseret News)

OIL AND GAS:
• Energy industry officials, government leaders and financiers will gather in Houston this week to discuss the shifting global oil landscape. (Wall Street Journal)
• The incoming regulator for Colorado’s oil and gas industry says the state agency tasked with overseeing drilling is on the right path, citing efforts to increase transparency and public engagement. (Grand Junction Sentinel)
• Even under a newly imposed regulatory cap, wastewater injection linked to earthquakes in Oklahoma will increase if natural gas production increases. (Tulsa World)
• Officials with a Greeley school district are creating an “enhanced evacuation” plan in response to an energy company’s plan to drill 24 wells within 1,350 feet of a school. (Greeley Tribune)
• The number of oil rigs in New Mexico almost doubled in 2017, a consequence of increased drilling activity in the Permian Basin. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)
• New reclamation rules for oil and gas production sites in Colorado has been a boon for local landscaping companies. (Greeley Tribune)

WIND: Decrying “military tyranny,” the New Mexico Land Commissioner asks the Air Force for $25 million to offset the state for losses from a proposed wind farm project threatened by military flight plans. (Albuquerque Journal)

UTILITIES: Xcel Energy will pass along $20 million in savings from recent federal tax cuts to its natural gas customers in Colorado. (Denver Post)

GRID: Experts doubt Texas residents should fear a recent warning by the state’s grid operator to expect record high electricity prices and possible power outages this summer. (Texas Tribune)

TECHNOLOGY: A Canadian company has secured mining rights to federal land in Utah in hopes of extracting lithium deposits from spent oil wells to use in battery manufacturing. (Reuters)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: City officials in Cortez, Colorado consider installing chargers for electric vehicles. (The Journal)

COMMENTARY: Colorado solar advocates say PACE financing can help offset the economic impact of federal solar tariffs. (Colorado Springs Gazette)

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