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Texas taking steps to preserve grid independence

GRID: Texas regulators are taking steps to ensure electricity produced there doesn’t cross state lines, which would trigger federal oversight of its currently independent grid. (Bloomberg)

ALSO: A recent report says Texas’ grid independence helped contribute to the state’s rapid expansion of wind energy. (San Antonio Express-News)

OIL AND GAS:
• The Colorado Supreme Court will hear a case brought by a 17-year-old plaintiff who petitioned the state to prohibit issue new drilling permits unless it can prove such activities won’t harm human health or the environment or contribute to climate change. (Colorado Independent)
• As oil production surges in Texas, the industry’s workforce remains a fraction of what it once was and isn’t likely to return to historic numbers, experts say. (Houston Chronicle)
• Exxon Mobil says it will spend billions to explore a prolific oil field that straddles Texas and New Mexico as part of its plan to invest $50 billion in the U.S. over the next five years. (The Hill)
• New Mexico has some of the most lenient rules on the books for oil and gas companies, according to a new report from environmentalists. (Public News Service)
• Colorado environmental regulators say they can’t support a company’s plan to drill near Battlement Mesa, citing the possible proximity of wells near homes. (Montrose Press)

RENEWABLE ENERGY: During a tour of Texas, Canada’s minister of environment and climate change said she sees similarities between her country and the Lone Star State, both world leaders in fossil fuel production but also making the transition to a clean energy economy. (Dallas News)

WIND:
• T-Mobile will supplement the power it purchases from an Oklahoma wind farm through a new purchase agreement in Kansas, putting the company one step closer to reaching its goal of getting all of its power from renewable sources by 2021. (CNBC)
• The developer of a 515-mile transmission line that would carry wind-generated power from New Mexico to Arizona says the Western Area Power Administration has expressed interest in the $1.5 billion project. (Assocciated Press)

PIPELINES: Construction begins on a controversial 163-mile pipeline connecting a crude hub in Texas to Louisiana refineries. (The Times-Picayune)

COMMENTARY: The editorial board of the San Antonio Express News says the Trump Administration’s new tariffs on imported solar cells don’t make sense and will ultimately hurt consumers. (San Antonio Express-News)

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