CLEAN ENERGY: Arizona regulators are working to revive a plan to require the state’s utilities to provide 100-percent carbon-free electricity by 2050. (Canary Media)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
California regulators adopt a rule requiring electric vehicles to account for 90% of rideshare trips by 2030, though some board members noted there’s little they can do to prevent companies like Uber and Lyft from simply passing the cost burden on to drivers. (Reuters)
Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte vetoes a bill that would have raised fees on electric vehicles to replace gasoline taxes. (Helena Independent Record)
As Colorado looks to get more electric vehicles on the road, battery recycling options remain sparse. (Colorado Sun)
California-based Fisker announces it has secured a contract to build the first fully electric popemobile for Pope Francis. (Reuters)
Rivian is setting up a showroom in Seattle, one of ten it plans to open nationwide this year. (GeekWire)
Boulder, Colorado, has added three electric buses to its transit fleet. (Daily Camera)

SOLAR:
Sacramento’s municipal utility released a proposal this week to slash net-metering credits for rooftop solar. (Sacramento Bee)
A bill that would have streamlined the permitting process for residential solar was among more than 200 proposed measures California legislators killed Thursday. (CalMatters)

STORAGE: A Montana county zoning board rejected a proposal yesterday to construct a 75 MW energy storage facility after residents opposed it over aesthetic concerns. (Montana Standard)

UTILITIES:
Oregon utility regulators adopted new rules regarding pre-emptive power outages by electricity providers in order to prevent wildfires, and Avista is taking steps to protect its infrastructure in eastern Washington and Idaho. (The Oregonian, KREM)
NorthWestern Energy releases more details about its proposed new natural gas plant, which it says will cost ratepayers $80 per year. (Billings Gazette)

PUBLIC LANDS:
Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-New Mexico, is asking the Biden administration to ban future oil and gas leasing within 10 miles of Chaco Culture National Historical Park. (Albuquerque Journal)
Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso introduces a bill that would
allow oil and gas leasing on some public lands currently designated as wilderness areas. (E&E News, subscription) 

OIL & GAS:
After a long lull in drilling in Wyoming, three major oil companies plan 63 new wells in Converse County. (Gillette News Record)
Wyoming’s revenue from oil and gas production is running ahead of projections so far this year. (Oil City News)
Permian Basin oil may soon be headed to Europe thanks to a deal between a Texas port and petroleum producers. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)

HYDROPOWER:
In response to Idaho Rep. Mike Simpson’s proposal to remove four Snake River dams, Washington Sen. Maria Cantwell proposes more moderate measures to restore salmon populations. (Spokesman-Review)
Water officials are scrambling to devise a plan to keep Lake Powell from dropping so low that hydropower generation is not possible. (KUNC)

COMMENTARY: A New Mexico CEO says the state should “welcome Avangrid with open arms” to boost renewable energy development. (Albuquerque Journal)

Ken Paulman

Ken is the director of the Energy News Network at Fresh Energy and is a founding editor of both Midwest Energy News and Southeast Energy News. Prior to joining Fresh Energy, he was the managing editor for online news at Minnesota Public Radio. He started his journalism career in 2002 as a copy editor for the Duluth News Tribune before spending five years at the Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington, where he worked as a copy editor, online producer, features editor and night city editor. A Nebraska native, Ken has a bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a master's degree from the University of Oregon. He is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors.