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Utah lawmakers ready to sue California over coal restrictions

COAL: In another bid to boost the state’s coal industry, Utah lawmakers set aside $2 million to sue California over its rules that make power generated from coal-fired plants more expensive. (Associated Press)

SOLAR: Arizona’s largest electric provider is teaming up with a a Tempe-based solar panel manufacturer to build a utility-scale solar array with matching battery storage that will be operational by 2021. (Arizona Republic)

WIND: An administrative law judge in Oklahoma deals a setback to plans to build the largest wind farm in the U.S. by ruling the utility backing the $4.5 billion project failed to prove that its customers should pay for it through power rates. (Bloomberg)

NUCLEAR: President Trump’s budget outline includes $120 million to restart the licensing process for the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository in Nevada. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

OIL AND GAS:
• Colorado oil and gas regulators approve hiking an industry production tax to help stave off a projected budget shortfall. (Grand Junction Daily Sentinel)
• As a Houston energy company prepares to start selling liquefied natural gas to China, federal regulators order it to take two storage tanks offline after leaks are discovered at its facility in Louisiana. (Houston Chronicle)
• Texas lawmakers cheer President Donald Trump’s decision to back off a plan to stop sharing oil royalties from offshore drilling among states along the Gulf of Mexico. (Houston Chronicle)
• Saying the deal would still leave equity holders “woefully underwater,”a bankrupt oil and gas producer rejects a $1.8 billion cash offer from a Houston-based company. (Reuters)

POLICY:
• The New Mexico state senate approves a tax credit that would offset the cost of solar energy systems for households, businesses and farms. (Associated Press)
• Oklahoma lawmakers reject a $581 million package of proposed tax hikes on tobacco, and the oil and gas and wind industries that would have funded teacher pay raises. (Daily Oklahoman)
• Western lawmakers cheer the Trump administration’s plan to repeal Obama-era rules for methane emissions, saying regulations would have discouraged energy production and job growth. (New York Times)

COMMENTARY: The chairwoman of a Colorado farmers union urges regulators there to approve a state energy plan she says will benefit agriculture and rural communities. (Greeley Tribune)

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