TRANSPORTATION: Following the Transportation Department’s easing of Trump-era restrictions on state-level pollution rules, the EPA announces it will restore California’s authority to set stricter climate requirements for cars and SUVs. (Washington Post)

ALSO:
Environmental groups are calling for an accelerated move from gasoline- and diesel-fueled cars and trucks in the wake of the federal restoration of California’s authority to set its own tailpipe emission standards. (E&E News, subscription)
University of California experts release a policy report of options that could substantially reduce transportation-related fossil fuel demand and emissions and lead to a zero-carbon transportation system by 2045. (Biofuels Digest)

GRID: California regulators are struggling with working toward a reliable “future grid” as ratepayers grapple with rising electricity costs. (Utility Dive)

POLLUTION: Families in a region of Southern California populated by warehouses shipping online orders are struggling with adverse health impacts from pollution. (NBC News)

HYDROPOWER: A coalition of environmental groups file a federal appeal requesting a review of a district court judge’s dismissal of their original complaint about the expansion of a Colorado dam. (BizWest Media, subscription)

UTILITIES:
Xcel Energy opposes a Colorado bill that would direct state regulators to conduct a feasibility study on community choice aggregation, saying it won’t advance the state’s clean energy goals. (Daily Energy Insider)
A New Mexico hearing examiner orders the state’s largest utility and Avangrid to return to negotiations with a May 7 deadline because there aren’t enough parties in agreement with their proposed merger. (Santa Fe New Mexican)
A New Mexico natural gas utility is the latest to propose increasing its rates in a bid to recover costs from February’s winter storm. (Las Cruces Sun-News)

OIL & GAS: A California agency announces support for an activist hedge fund’s director nominees to Exxon Mobil’s board, saying it would “benefit from additional expertise in both its core business and in renewable energy technologies.” (Reuters)

EFFICIENCY: Aspen, Colorado’s city council awards a local non-profit $1.2 million towards its effort to assist neighboring towns with efficiency initiatives in 2022, including electrification. (Aspen Times)

COMMENTARY:
A California editorial board says Gov. Gavin Newsom’s vacillation over banning fracking will not save him from a recall. (San Francisco Chronicle)
Three academics, including Chelsea Clinton, call for an end to federal fracking exemptions, citing California and Colorado studies showing the adverse impacts to maternal and public health. (Stat News)
A Pacific Northwest editor explores the legacy of racism and exclusion built into the region’s transportation infrastructure. (Crosscut)
A clean energy advocate and an auto trade organization official support a California bill incentivizing the purchase of electric vehicles to reduce transportation pollution. (CalMatters)

Lisa Ellwood

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.).