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Solar settlement is yielding steep discounts on battery packs in Arizona

SOLAR: An Arizona utility is offering steep discounts on home battery packs as a result of its legal settlement with Tesla over solar fees. (Electrek)

RENEWABLES:
• A former steel town in Colorado looks to forge its future on solar and wind energy. (E&E News)
• Fort Collins city officials are weighing whether the transition to 100 percent renewable energy by 2030 is a feasible goal. (The Coloradoan)

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WIND:  
• A Canadian renewable energy signs a deal to sell 300 MW of energy from its Texas wind farm to a subsidiary of a Dallas utility. (ReNews)
• An offshoot of a French energy group begins construction on a 200 MW wind farm in West Texas. (Renewables Now)

BIOMASS: A wood-burning power plant looks to be a financial boondoggle for the city of Austin. (Texas Monitor)

OIL AND GAS:
• With oil at $70 per barrel, Texas energy companies face a choice: ramp up drilling while prices are high or show restraint and keep debt low. (Dallas Morning News)
• Salty wastewater produced by fracking can be recycled and reused in the oilfield, according to new research from the University of Texas at Arlington. (San Antonio Express News)
• A Houston energy company will invest $750 million over five years in four new natural gas plants in southeastern New Mexico. (Albuquerque Journal)
• An Oklahoma energy company locked in a battle with activist investor Carl Icahn adds two directors to its board with his approval. (The Oklahoman)

COAL:
• BLM grants a royalty reduction to the operator of Utah’s largest coal mine worth about $19 million that otherwise would have gone to local governments. (Salt Lake Tribune)
• Dozens of residents, environmental activists and others ask Colorado regulators to deny the operating permit for a coal-fired power plant in downtown Colorado Springs. (Colorado Springs Gazette)

ELECTRIC CARS: New Mexico’s largest electric utility and the town of Silver City have partnered together to install an electric car charging station the local visitor’s center. (Silver City Daily Press)

COMMENTARY:
• Current setback laws put Colorado students at risk from drilling incidents, says a coalition of Denver area students and teachers. (Colorado Independent)
• Blame excessive regulation for the fact that California lags behind Texas when it comes to the generation of solar and wind energy, says the vice president of a Texas free market think tank. (Forbes)
• Energy companies should move as much oil and water by pipelines as they can because heavy truck traffic is destroying Texas roads, says a fellow at the Baker Institute for Energy Studies at Rice University. (Axios)

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