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With net metering restored, solar company returns to Nevada

SOLAR: A Houston solar company will once again operate in Nevada after the state reinstates its net metering policy. (Houston Chronicle)

WIND: An NBC Nightly News segment explores how Texas has been “downright progressive” in advancing wind energy.

• Texas scraps a plan to save a lizard threatened by oil and gas development in the Permian Basin that environmentalists said favored the petroleum industry’s interests over that of the endangered reptile. (Austin American Statesman)
• Colorado cities struggle to balance the oil and gas boom with a surge in population. (Colorado Politics)
Officials with a Colorado city that passed regulations requiring local oil and gas companies to reveal the location of their flow lines say operators there are in compliance with the new rules. (Daily Camera)
The oil and gas company connected to the deadly well explosion in Firestone, Colorado last year has set aside 500 acres to drill just south of the blast site near a rapidly expanding bedroom community. (Longmont Times-Call)

COAL: A subsidiary of a Nevada power provider wants to extend the life of a coal-fired power plant in Idaho through 2025. (Utility Dive)

UTILITIES: Customers of Dominion Energy in Utah could see their gas bills rise as a result of a legislative proposal to subsidize the expansion of natural gas services to rural communities in the state. (Salt Lake Tribune)

BIOFUELS: Texas Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn are taking very different approaches to rewriting federal ethanol rules. (Houston Chronicle)

GRID: A Colorado town weighs the pros and cons of a new high voltage transmission line. (Vail Daily)

PUBLIC LANDS: Several western Colorado counties are endorsing a plan to move the Department of Interior’s from Washington, D.C. to the western U.S. (Post Independent)

• The president of an Oklahoma utility urges regulators to approve the Wind Catcher project, which he says will dramatically lower customers’ bills for at least 25 years while boosting the state economy. (Tulsa World)
A business columnist for the Houston Chronicle hopes Donald Trump will stop criticizing NAFTA, which he says is vital to Texas’s oil and gas industry.
• As Arizona considers an ambitious plan to boost renewable energy use, an official with Arizona’s largest utility touts the environmental virtues of its Palo Verde nuclear plant. (The Daily Courier)
Divesting in oil and gas companies as a way to protest climate change policies is a misguided way of thinking, says an Eastern New Mexico University geology professor (Las Cruces Sun-News)

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