SOLAR: Colorado regulators say grid interconnection barriers are hampering community solar development. (E&E News)

ALSO:
Developers say they will begin constructing a 690 MW solar facility backed up by 380 MW of battery storage this spring on public land in southern Nevada. (Recharge News)    
California regulators again postpone a decision on a proposal to slash net metering payments for rooftop solar. (San Diego Union-Tribune)
Western Nevada local governments and residents say development of more than a dozen proposed utility-scale solar installations could drive tourists away from nearby Death Valley National Park. (E&E News)
Developers bring a 390 MW solar-plus-storage facility online in central California. (news release)

COAL:
California researchers find coal mines worldwide collectively emit more methane — a potent greenhouse gas — than either the oil industry or the natural gas sector. (Inside Climate News)
Arizona regulators seek New Mexico officials’ input in policy discussions on   the economic impacts of coal power plant and mine closures. (NM Political Report)

WIND: A renewable energy developer seeks to build a 308 MW wind facility within the proposed Avi Kwa Ame National Monument in southern Nevada. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

CLEAN ENERGY: A California city votes to acquire all power from renewable energy sources by default, while allowing businesses or residents to opt out. (Ventura County Star)

OIL & GAS:
Alaska officials predict rising oil prices will increase tax revenues in the next two years and create a multi-billion dollar budget surplus. (Anchorage Daily News)
Wyoming holds its most lucrative state land oil and gas lease sale in three years, generating about $2.7 million for schools and other institutions. (Casper Star-Tribune)
An ongoing methane leak at a ConocoPhillips oil and gas facility on Alaska’s North Slope has significantly reduced crude production at the site. (Reuters)

UTILITIES: Arizona clean energy advocates and residents urge regulators to reject Salt River Project’s proposal to expand a natural gas plant in a historically Black community. (ABC15)

TRANSPORTATION:
A California county calls on Gov. Gavin Newsom to suspend the 51-cent-per-gallon state gasoline tax to provide relief from high prices at the pump. (San Diego Union-Tribune)
Auto manufacturer Volvo plans to install 60 electric vehicle charging stations at 15 Starbucks locations between Denver and Seattle. (FOX13)

GRID: Arizona researchers work to develop wildfire monitoring systems for sections of the power grid in remote areas. (news release)

COMMENTARY: A Montana clean energy advocate says NorthWestern Energy’s plan to achieve net-zero carbon emissions rings hollow because the utility continues to build fossil fuel power plants. (Billings Gazette) 

Jonathan P. Thompson

Jonathan hails from southwestern Colorado and has been writing about the land, cultures, and communities of the Western United States for more than two decades. He compiles the Western Energy News digest. He is the author of three books, a contributing editor at High Country News, and the editor of the Land Desk, an e-newsletter that provides coverage and context on issues critical to the West.