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San Antonio utility won’t be dropping coal anytime soon

COAL: In an announcement that blindsided many Texas environmentalists, a San Antonio utility reveals it will still be burning coal by 2040. (Rivard Report)

WIND: Despite the political turmoil over the wind industry in Oklahoma, energy analysts say the state will continue to play a major role in developing the renewable resource. (Daily Oklahoman)

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PIPELINES:
• One year after going online, a controversial pipeline in West Texas isn’t ferrying natural gas to Mexico and some landowners are miffed. (Marfa Public Radio)
• Meanwhile, judges quiz federal regulators and Texas environmentalists about whether the Trans-Pecos pipeline was ever properly approved in the first place. (E&E News, subscription)
• An Oklahoma company announces plans to build an 80-mile gas pipeline to service the Arkoma Basin, the state’s natural gas hotspot. (Daily Oklahoman)

OIL AND GAS:
• On the heels of saying the Interior Department should partner with oil companies, Secretary Ryan Zinke calls natural gas flaring “wasteful” and suggests that companies drilling on federal lands be offered incentives to stop. (Houston Chronicle)
• The widow of a man killed in a rig explosion in Oklahoma in January files a wrongful death lawsuit against the drilling operator and well owner. (Tulsa World)

UTILITIES: An Arizona utility reduces planned raises for its top leaders following criticism from elected officials. (Arizona Republic)

NUCLEAR: As talk of building a nuclear storage facility in Nevada heats up again, Congress has no plans to fund it. (Bloomberg)

NEW TECH: New research from Arizona State University could extend the life of lithium-metal batteries, which are frequently being used for energy storage. (Press release)

COMMENTARY:
A county commissioner in Nevada says it is time for state leaders to have an open discussion about building a nuclear waste repository there and stop “fear mongering.” (Reno Gazette Journal)
A San Antonio attorney and a Harvard Law school student say the outcome of the upcoming presidential election in Mexico could shape the future of the natural gas industry in Texas. (Austin American-Statesman)
A Houston Chronicle business columnist says that despite all the “happy talk” coming from oil and gas executives gathered at an industry expo this week, they should be worried about the future of fossil fuels.

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