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Study: Colorado could save billions by closing coal plants

COAL: New research shows how Colorado could save $2.5 billion through 2040 by rapidly phasing out its coal-fired power plants while lowering customers’ bills. (Vox)

WIND: A western Colorado electric co-op announces plans to develop a 100 MW wind farm which could help it meets its ambitious clean energy goals nine years ahead of schedule. (Glenwood Springs Post Independent)

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SOLAR: A Virginia-based power company launches the world’s largest solar plus storage plant in Hawaii, making solar power available at night and bolstering the state’s clean energy ambitions. (Greentech Media)

OIL & GAS:
• New Mexico regulators suspend a previous order allowing a Texas company to double its well density in the northwestern part of the state. (Associated Press)
• Wyoming regulators give an oil and gas company permission to flare gas over allowable limits while a pipeline is being completed. (Casper Star Tribune)

UTILITIES:
• Washington regulators refuse to reconsider the proposed $5.3 billion sale of a Spokane-based utility to a Canadian company, a move that could jeopardize promised funding to a Montana coal community. (The Spokesman-Review, Billings Gazette)
• California’s largest utilities have produced maps to identify some of the best locations for new clean energy projects. (Utility Dive)

TRANSPORTATION: Arizona sues Mercedes Benz and its parent company, claiming it lied about how cleanly its diesel engines burn fuel. (Capitol Media Services)

PIPELINES: The government shutdown shouldn’t delay a key hearing before a federal judge in Montana next week over his decision to halt construction on the Keystone XL pipeline, federal attorneys say. (Associated Press)

POLITICS:
• State lawmakers from Hawaii, Oregon and seven other states say they will introduce legislation attempting to block or restrict offshore drilling. (Associated Press)
• Washington’s governor signs a pledge refusing to accept donations from fossil fuel companies in his likely campaign to become president. (Huffington Post)

CALIFORNIA FIRES: California’s largest utility is in a state of crisis that doesn’t appear to be ending anytime soon. (Greentech Media)

NUCLEAR: A Washington nuclear power plant breaks its record for energy production. (Tri-City Herald)

COMMENTARY: A former federal regulator who believes nuclear energy is too hazardous to remain a viable source of power makes a compelling argument, says the editorial board of the Las Vegas Sun.

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