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Schools step up job training for clean energy economy

WIND:
A Texas school is launching what may be the first ever wind technician training program for high school students, just one example of how schools are looking to the clean energy sector to provide future jobs. (The Hechinger Report)
County officials approve a permit for a 156 MW wind farm in northern Oklahoma expected to come online in 2020. (Tulsa World)

OIL AND GAS:
Hundreds of small, independent producers in southeast New Mexico may soon be unable to compete with the major energy companies drilling in the Permian Basin with the latest technology. (Albuquerque Journal)
Could bitcoin mining help the Permian Basin gas producers with their pipeline problem? Probably not, analysts say. (Bloomberg)
Environmentalists say flaring natural gas costs Utah $28 million a year, a loss that will only increase when the Trump administration rolls back methane rules. (Salt Lake Tribune)
One of Oklahoma’s oldest oil fields is being revived by a surge of drilling activity. (The Oklahoman)
Environmental activists zero in on southeast New Mexico as drilling in the Permian Basin surges. (Albuquerque Journal)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A California company launches a service that finds charging stations for electric car drivers in Boulder, Colorado. (Boulder Daily Camera)

SOLAR:
A judge backs a Tucson electric provider’s plan to grant rooftop solar customers a credit for excess power they produce that’s lower than what clean energy advocates had wanted. (Arizona Daily Star)
The BLM is seeking comments on a proposed lease for a 150 MW solar project on public land in Nevada. (Kallanish Energy)

POLITICS: Trial attorneys and the oil and gas industry lead the pack in donations to New Mexico’s gubernatorial candidates. (New Mexico In-Depth)

NEW TECH: University of Colorado researchers have developed a portable, laser-based technology to detect methane leaks at oil and gas sites. (Grand Junction Daily Sentinel)

UTILITIES: Pueblo’s beleaguered electric provider faces paying $45 million back to ratepayers. (Pueblo Chieftain)

PUBLIC LANDS: Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is holding an “American fire sale” on public lands. (New Yorker)  

COMMENTARY:
Improvements to the Texas grid will help it withstand the challenges coming its way this summer, says a research associate at the University of Texas Energy Institute. (Waco Tribune Herald)
Two scenic buttes in northern Colorado have been sacrificed to oil and gas development, says a local writer. (High Country News)

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