HYDROPOWER: A Republican Idaho congressman releases a $34 billion proposal to breach four Lower Snake River hydroelectric dams to help preserve salmon populations. (Seattle Times)

OIL & GAS:
New Mexico oil and gas producers face increased oversight for failing to meet contractual obligations to plug expired oil wells and clean up spills, debris, and junked equipment on public lands. (Santa Fe New Mexican)
A U.S. District Court Judge puts ConocoPhillips’s mining and gravel construction at a National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska project on hold for two weeks. (Anchorage Daily News)
• A Western state, county, and tribal government coalition aims to promote the Rockies region’s natural gas internationally despite climate impacts, low prices and demand, and other challenges. (Denver Post) 

TRANSPORTATION:
California regulators, the federal government, and car manufacturers agree on the need to finalize stricter tailpipe emissions standards, but environmentalists are concerned that automakers are making promises on electrification they may not keep. (Los Angeles Times)
• Los Angeles county’s transportation authority announces a deal for roughly 47.5 million gallons of renewable natural gas as part of its transition away from diesel fuel. (news release)

UTILITIES:
California’s three largest utilities plan to spend roughly $13 billion on wildfire mitigation efforts, according to annual filings required by the state’s regulator. (Associated Press)
Three New Mexico state representatives introduce a bill that would help low-income utility ratepayers by paying off up to 50% of their debt. (Albuquerque Journal)

NUCLEAR: The rushed approval of a proposed New Mexico underground nuclear waste repository is raising suspicions about its developer and operator. (Searchlight New Mexico)

POLITICS:
A Navajo Nation citizen and founder of a solar energy firm is named the Department of Energy’s Office of Indian Energy senior advisor. (E&E News, subscription)
Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte announces appointments to the state’s fossil fuel and regional power administration boards. (Sidney Herald Leader)

SOLAR: A 1,000 panel rooftop solar installation is now operating at a Southern California airport. (Business Airport International) 

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: An electric vehicle charging network plans to deploy 30  solar-powered charging stations in rural California. (Green Car Congress)

COMMENTARY:
A New Mexico conservationist says the state needs to be bold in transitioning from oil and gas and diversifying its economy; the head of a grassroots urban Indian organization says communities of color must be a part of the decision-making. (Las Cruces Sun News)
A California lawmaker says the state’s transition to renewables should be focused on stopping energy pollution in disadvantaged communities. (Napa Valley Register)

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.).