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Under pressure from teens, Utah governor signs climate resolution

CLIMATE CHANGE: Utah’s Republican governor  signs a resolution acknowledging fossil fuels’ role in causing climate change after being successfully lobbied by a group of local teenagers. (The Hill)

WIND: A California-based renewable energy company buys a 1 GW wind farm and transmission line in New Mexico. (reNews)

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SOLAR: Arizona utilities officially unveil a new 40 MW solar project backed by battery storage. (KPHO)

GRID: Deregulation hasn’t lowered electricity prices for Houston ratepayers, a new study shows. (Houston Chronicle)

• An amendment in a federal defense bill to prohibit the listing of the sage grouse and lesser prairie chicken would benefit the oil and gas industry, and is moving forward in the absence of Sen. John McCain. (E&E News)
• The high price of oil is good for the Texas economy even if most residents don’t want to pay high prices at the pump, says a state industry regulator. (Lubbock Avalanche Journal)
• An economist with a Texas industry group says it’s wrong to call the current oil boom a “jobless recovery.” (Houston Public Media)

• As renewable energy prices tumble, tension erupts between a Colorado power provider and its co-op members. (Grand Junction Daily Sentinel)
• Protesters mobilize in Tucson to denounce billionaire Tom Steyer’s support of an Arizona clean energy initiative. (KGUN)

NUCLEAR: Representatives from the oil and gas and dairy industries speak out against plans to build a temporary nuclear waste repository in New Mexico. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)

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EFFICIENCY: Texans can avoid paying taxes on energy efficient appliances over Memorial Day weekend. (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)

• A county commissioner in Utah lauds the Trump administration’s “compassionate and principled” action to shrink a national monument there to aid drilling, mining and grazing. (Deseret News)
• The president of Black Hills Energy said Colorado regulators’ approval of their 60 MW wind farm will allow the company to keep its promise of delivering renewable energy to customers who want it. (Pueblo Chieftain)
• A manager with Patagonia in Reno says he’s counting on Nevada’s next governor to support a stronger renewable portfolio standard. (Reno Gazette Journal)
• A Utah photographer says a federal legislative proposal puts sacred local rock art at the whims of the oil and gas industry. (Salt Lake Tribune)
• Oklahoma lawmakers need to encourage investment in renewables, not only to protect the state’s budget from future oil busts but to help smooth the transition to a post-carbon world, says the editor of the Oklahoma Observer. (Journal Record)


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