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Study finds big potential for energy storage in Nevada

STORAGE: Nevada could cost-effectively add up to 175 MW of utility-scale battery storage by 2020, according to a new study. (Utility Dive)

ALSO: The southern California desert is becoming a hotbed for energy storage projects. (The Desert Sun)

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NUCLEAR: Two federal lawmakers from Nevada worry that a proposal to change the way the U.S. Department of Energy defines high-level nuclear waste might result in a backdoor effort to store waste at Yucca Mountain. (Nevada Independent)

RENEWABLES: Clean energy advocates say Hawaii is well positioned to meet its mandate to get all of its energy from renewable sources by 2045. (Hawaii Business Magazine)

SOLAR:
• Washington regulators approve stringent rules for community solar providers, sparking concerns among some clean energy advocates that the new requirements might keep some out of the market. (Utility Dive)
• Colorado regulators give final approval to a long-term power contract between Xcel Energy and a local steel mill which calls for the construction of a 240 MW solar array at the plant. (Pueblo Chieftain)
• A northern Colorado city’s low electricity rates might be working against rooftop solar installation, local industry officials say. (Longmont Times-Call)
• Officials with a California solar company say they would have walked away from a deal to buy an Oregon panel factory had it not been awarded a tariff exemption. (The Oregonian)
• Oregon’s first solar-farm produced beer, “Let’s Bee Friends IPA,” will be introduced at a local festival. (The Full Pint)

EFFICIENCY: California and Massachusetts are leading the country in energy efficiency, according to recently released state rankings which put Wyoming last. (The Hill)

OIL & GAS:
• New Mexico’s Permian Basin is booming while its San Juan Basin stagnates, a complete role reversal from a decade ago. (Forbes)
• State regulators postpone a vote on a controversial drilling application in northern Colorado until a lawsuit between the oil and gas company and county is resolved, delaying the project for months, perhaps years. (Colorado Sun)

CARBON: As Oregon lawmakers contemplate resurrecting cap and trade legislation, a proposal emerges that would allow carbon offsets for forestry and agriculture. (Oregon Business)

UTILITIES:
• A South Dakota utility has asked Wyoming regulators for a new electric tariff to support the region’s growing blockchain industry. (Wyoming Business Report)
• A state review finds that a Nevada gas provider used questionable charges to justify a rate hike. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

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COAL: Three environmental groups intend to sue over ongoing water pollution problems at a Montana mine that feeds a major coal-fired power plant. (KTVQ)

POLITICS: Colorado developers are wary of a ballot measure that would increase drilling setbacks, a move many believe would cripple the state’s economy. (Greeley Tribune)

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