CORRECTION: Nevada Gov. Steve Sislak has not yet signed SB448, an article included in yesterday’s digest incorrectly reported that he had.

LITHIUM: The Biden administration proposes endangered species protections for a rare Nevada wildflower, potentially upending plans to build a lithium mine there. (Nevada Independent)

A controversial California rooftop solar bill dies after proponents fail to garner enough votes to push it through the California Assembly. (Solar Power World)
The Interior Department advances a 400-megawatt solar project proposed for Moape Band of Paiute land in southern Nevada. (E&E News, subscription)

Plans to electrify commuter rail lines in the Bay Area face significant delays and cost overruns. (East Bay Times)
A Colorado bill that would create a new special district to develop and fund a passenger rail line along the Front Range clears a major legislative hurdle. (Colorado Public Radio)
A Colorado county will provide electric bikes to low-income essential workers under a new pilot program. (Pueblo Chieftain)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: California utility regulators propose rules to accelerate installation of electric vehicle chargers and ensure equity in infrastructure rollout. (Utility Dive)

• Low levels on northern California’s Lake Oroville could force a shutdown of a 644 megawatt hydroelectric plant this summer, according to state water officials. (CBS13)
• Dwindling water supplies on the Columbia River are diminishing generation and driving up power prices from the region’s hydroelectric dams. (S&P Global)

California regulators order Southern California Edison to improve communication with customers when it shuts off power to prevent wildfires. (LAist)
• New Mexico’s attorney general and environmental groups push state utility regulators to formally recognize climate change as scientific fact. (Albuquerque Journal)

GRID: Western states are looking to regional transmission organizations to improve movement of renewable power. (Canary Media)

UTILITIES: A Montana city and county have joined a legal challenge opposing regulators’ pre-approval of a proposed NorthWestern Energy natural gas plant. (Missoula Current)

Nearly 30% of the Permian Basin’s methane emissions come from“routinely persistent” leaks that could be largely eliminated with repairs and diligent monitoring, scientists say. (Bloomberg)
In a symbolic move, Bend, Oregon’s city council officially opposes transport by rail of crude oil through the city. (Bend Bulletin)

WIND: The debate heats up over a 500-megawatt wind facility proposed for southern Wyoming. (Gillette News-Record)

POLLUTION: Sen. Martin Heinrich, a New Mexico Democrat, asks the Environmental Protection Agency to intervene in the permitting process of a proposed natural gas plant just over the Texas border. (KRWG)

A Montana editorial board urges state lawmakers to give up on coal and embrace hydrogen production, instead. (Billings Gazette)
Advocates say relicensing California’s Diablo nuclear plant is “an obvious alternative to keeping the state’s dirtiest gas plants online for years to come.” (San Luis Obispo Tribune)

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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.