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Tribe considers buying struggling Arizona coal plant

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COAL: A Navajo-owned energy company is considering buying an Arizona coal plant set to close next year. (Associated Press)

SOLAR:
• Federal regulators approve a 550 MW solar farm to be built on public lands outside of Joshua Tree National Park in California over objections from some environmental groups. (Palm Springs Desert Sun)
• A new study finds growing interest among members of the Navajo Nation in embracing solar energy as an Arizona coal plant faces closure. (Solar Power World)

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POLITICS:
• Opponents of a Nevada energy choice initiative may be gaining momentum, recent polls show.  (Utility Dive)
• In New Mexico, the land commissioner’s race is drawing big money from national environmental groups and the oil and gas industry. (National Public Radio)
• Some pollsters say opposition to a Colorado ballot measure seeking to increase drilling setbacks may be gaining momentum thanks to an “Elway bump,” after the former Denver Broncos star urges a “no” vote. (Bloomberg)

OIL AND GAS:
• Alaska officials say the state could soon be facing a worker shortage as several major oil and gas projects ramp up. (Alaska Commerce Journal)
• Citing a lack of federal oversight on methane emissions, two environmental groups file a formal protest to an upcoming oil and gas lease sale in New Mexico. (Carlsbad Current Argus)

CARBON PRICING: Several Latino business owners in Washington say opponents of a ballot measure to create a carbon fee are fabricating their stance on the issue. (Grist)

TRANSPORTATION: Republicans use a California ballot measure to repeal a state gas tax to draw supporters to the polls. (Huffington Post)

UTILITIES: Boulder, Colorado and Xcel Energy reach an agreement on how the city will separate from the utility to provide its own power. (Boulder Daily Camera)

COMMENTARY:
• Saying they don’t want to be boxed in by a Constitutional amendment, a national solar industry group says Arizona voters should reject a clean energy ballot measure. (Arizona Capitol Times)
• Despite pipeline bottlenecks in the Permian Basin, oil and gas production in New Mexico and Texas accounts for almost two-thirds of the national increase this year. (Bloomberg)

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