POLLUTION: Pollution from oil and gas development could be increasing the risk the coronavirus poses to Navajo families in the Greater Chaco region of northwestern New Mexico. (New Mexico Political Report)

A coalition of states led by California has filed a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s rollback of efficiency standards for appliances. (The Hill)
Officials in a Colorado county reverse course on participating in property-assessed energy financing, claiming the program is too big of a financial risk. (Complete Colorado)

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HYDROGEN: A Rocky Mountain Institute official says a Los Angeles municipal utility’s plans for a utility-scale hydrogen power plant can be a catalyst for other green hydrogen efforts in the region. (Governing)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Tesla and Panasonic’s Gigafactory in Nevada is touted as “as a prime example of developing linkages between rural and urban areas for the electric vehicle supply chain.” (Nevada Appeal) 

An industry group has sued the backers of a ballot initiative to increase taxes on Alaska’s largest oil fields, claiming petition signatures are invalid. (Alaska Public Media)
A New Mexico oil and gas industry official says the impact of the coronavirus crisis will continue to be felt despite an international deal to cut oil production to account for decreased demand. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)
Analysts say Wyoming government revenues could plummet from between $555 million and nearly $2.8 billion over the next two years as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and volatile oil market. (WyoFile)
PDC Energy plans to cut its capital spending to between $500 million and $600 million this year and significantly reduce new well operation in Colorado. (Colorado Daily)
An unknown amount of oil leaked from a terminal near Valdez, Alaska over the weekend. (Anchorage Daily News)

A judge has approved PG&E’s plan to pay at least $19 million in criminal fines and penalties out of the $13.5 billion trust set up for wildfire victims. (Associated Press)
“Zoombombers” disrupt a virtual meeting of the Montana Public Service Commission. (Yellowstone Public Radio)

NUCLEAR: Citing decades of impacts from pollution, the Navajo Nation joins conservation groups to oppose a federal bailout of the uranium mining industry. (Phoenix New Times)

STORAGE: An Oregon-based company launches a set of three “long duration, long life” battery storage system products. (Energy Storage News)

GRID: A new analysis examines the steps Western states need to take on grid flexibility to accommodate greater amounts of renewable energy. (Forbes)

COMMENTARY: A Wyoming ecologist details how the state’s Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem is under threat from fossil fuels. (Mountain Journal)

Lisa is a Lenape and Nanticoke Native American freelance journalist, editor and writer currently based in the U.K. She has more than two decades’ experience working in corporate communications and print and digital media. She compiles the Western Energy News daily email digest. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Temple University; her specializations include data journalism and visualization. She is a member of the Native American Journalists Association, Investigative Reporters & Editors, Society of Professional Journalists, and the National Union of Journalists (U.K.).