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Texas city takes another step toward 100% clean energy goal

SOLAR: A Texas city signs a 15-year contract to buy solar energy as part of its ambitious goal to run totally on renewable energy by 2020. (PV Magazine)

ALSO: New Mexico regulators delay action on plans to build a 2 MW solar farm near Las Cruces. (Santa Fe New Mexican)

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RENEWABLE ENERGY:
• Nevada lawmakers mull conflicting reports about the potential economic impact of a clean energy initiative. (Nevada Independent)
• A German energy giant completes work on its new renewable energy operations center in Austin where it will manage its North American portfolio of wind, solar and storage projects. (reNews)
• Enbridge will sell its stake in a Colorado wind farm and a Nevada solar project as part of the pipeline giant’s efforts to reduce debt. (Bloomberg)

COAL:
• The current owners of the Navajo generating station say time is running out to find new buyers for the plant for closure next year. (KNAU)
• A New Mexico utility tells regulators that further investigation is unnecessary into the silo collapse at one of its coal-fired power plants in March. (Santa Fe New Mexican)
• Local officials in Boulder, Colorado are seeking more information about whether coal ash storage at a nearby power plant is safe. (Boulder Daily Camera)

OIL AND GAS: Federal safety regulators fine two Colorado energy companies for a pipeline fire that killed two men last year north of Denver. (KDVR)

NUCLEAR:
• There is bipartisan support to restart the licensing process for the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository except in Nevada where delegates are unified in opposition. (Roll Call)
• On Thursday, the House will vote on a plan to temporarily store nuclear waste in West Texas. (Houston Chronicle)

UTILITIES:
• Colorado regulators give Xcel Energy more time to submit a plan that will identify generation sources to meet future electricity demand. (Denver Post)
•  Xcel Energy says Texas customers will see bills decrease this summer as result of dropping natural gas prices. (KFDA)

ELECTRIC CARS: Electric car popularity is growing in Texas, but perhaps at a slower rate than the rest of the nation. (KXAN)

BIOFUELS:
• Texas Senator Ted Cruz says both refiners and corn farmers will prosper under an ethanol deal endorsed by President Donald Trump. (The Hill)
• An Arizona utility seeks proposals for forest biomass projects. (Renewables Now)

WIND: Xcel Energy awards a $25,000 grant to a New Mexico community college to assist its wind energy technology training program. (KAMR)

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