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U.S. Senate panel rejects a Trump plan to store nuclear waste in Nevada

NUCLEAR: A U.S. Senate committee rejects a Trump administration request for funding to restart the licensing process for the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository, setting up another impasse with the House. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

COAL:
• The investment firm considering buying an Arizona coal plant set to close next year doesn’t see fossil fuels as a long-term play. (Bloomberg)
• Environmentalists say a coal plant in northwestern New Mexico is polluting the water of nearby communities and are criticizing EPA for repeatedly delaying action on the facility’s discharge permit. (Associated Press)

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OIL AND GAS:
• The oil boom in the Permian Basin is changing the geopolitics of energy production while making some Texans rich beyond their wildest dreams. (Fortune)
•The EPA and Navajo Nation are now among those questioning the BLM’s plan to open land near the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve in Colorado to oil and gas development. (Denver Post)

PUBLIC LANDS: Another county signals support for moving BLM’s headquarters to western Colorado to manage the nation’s public lands. (Grand Junction Daily Sentinel)

PIPELINES: A Houston oil and gas company signs on to be the primary customer for a 658-mile pipeline that will stretch from West Texas to Southeast Texas. (Houston Chronicle)

WIND: A 75 MW wind farm is dedicated in eastern Colorado. (Lamar Ledger)

RENEWABLES:
• Xcel Energy plans on ramping up renewable energy in Texas and New Mexico, and expects that 50 percent of all power in the area will come from those sources by 2022, company officials say. (KFDA)
• A Colorado electricity co-op’s upcoming board election has ramifications for the future of renewable energy use in the state. (Aspen Public Radio)

GRID: A Texas state senator continues to push legislation seeking to protect the state’s grid from electromagnetic pulses; experts disagree on whether such a threat is realistic. (Midland Reporter Telegram, Bloomberg archive)

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SOLAR: A global investment firm will be acquiring solar plants in Nevada, New Mexico and Texas as part of a $1.1 billion dollar deal. (Nasdaq)

COMMENTARY:
• Yucca Mountain is as safe as anywhere else to store nuclear waste and it’s time to clean up our dangerous mess, says an environmental reporter and author. (New York Times)
• The director of federal policy for the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry says the recent climate change lawsuit filed by Boulder and two counties is nothing more than another notch on the belt of professional activists. (Colorado Springs Gazette)

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