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Why Pueblo, Colorado wants to split from its utility

UTILITIES: What makes Pueblo, Colorado’s effort to form its own utility different from a similar push in Boulder. (Colorado Springs Gazette)

ALSO: An El Paso utility becomes the first power provider in Texas to pass along savings from federal tax cuts to customers. (Houston Chronicle)

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SOLAR: An Arizona environmental justice group is spending $100,000 to help five solar advocates win seats on a utility’s board of directors. (Arizona Republic)

OIL AND GAS:
• The BLM approves plans to drill about 108 oil and gas wells in western Colorado over concerns from nearby landowners about potential impacts on local water supplies. (Grand Junction Daily Sentinel)
• A Colorado group with ties to the oil and gas industry is pouring thousands of dollars into a municipal election. (Boulder Daily Camera)
• Colorado lawmakers approve a bill to allow state oil and gas regulators to tap into unspent funds to clean up orphaned wells. (Greeley Tribune)
• A Colorado energy company plans to move a drilling site north of Denver farther away from a residential area. (Boulder Daily Camera)
• The family of a 12-year-old girl killed in a house explosion in Dallas in February files a wrongful death lawsuit against the utility connected to the blast. (Associated Press)
• Declining severance tax funds from energy development in Colorado means an ambitious state water plan went unfunded this year. (Colorado Politics)

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COMMENTARY:
• Air pollution and noise from fracking sites in Colorado threatens eagles and other wildlife, says a retired federal geologist. (Boulder Daily Camera)
• The executive director of the Colorado Petroleum Council rejects the notion that the oil and gas industry doesn’t pay its fair share of taxes. (Denver Post)
• If western Colorado is going to thrive, it needs to diversify its regional economy beyond energy development, says the editorial board of the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel.
• The Las Cruces City Council should approve a plan to get 25 percent of the city’s power from solar energy by 2022, says the director of a New Mexico environmental group and a state lawmaker. (Las Cruces Sun News)
• The Oklahoma wind industry is an economic lifeline for rural economies, jobs and schools, says the president of Oklahoma Panhandle State University. (The Oklahoman)

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