NUCLEAR: The EPA announces an agreement that will boost uranium production in Wyoming by removing hurdles for a mining process that advocates warn increases pollution and strains scarce water resources. (Casper Star Tribune)

COAL:
• New Mexico’s Supreme Court rules that state regulators cannot require utilities to seek permission before shutting down a power plant. (Santa Fe New Mexican)
• The bankruptcy of Rhino Resources puts at risk about 550 jobs at mines in Utah and other states. (WVPB)

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PUBLIC LANDS: Montana Republican Sen. Steve Daines appears to be backing away from his earlier commitment to confirm William Perry Pendley to lead the BLM. (E&E News)

GRID: The California Solar & Storage Association and Pacificorp are part of a project aiming to tackle storage interconnection problems on the distribution grid. (Utility Dive)

OFFSHORE WIND: A trade association says auctions of prospective California offshore wind sites may begin in 2021. (REVE)

SOLAR: Farmers oppose a 3,900-acre solar facility in southeast Oregon, arguing that wildlife will be displaced. (Capital Press)

UTILITIES: A California consumer watchdog agency is calling for Southern California Gas Co. to be fined millions of dollars for failing to comply with a subpoena. (Los Angeles Times)

NATURAL GAS: An engineering and construction firm is awarded a contract for a carbon capture and sequestration project at a 550 MW, natural gas-powered California power plant. (Energy Global)

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CLIMATE: A Hawaii county is considering joining a lawsuit against more than a dozen fossil fuel companies for contributing to climate change and rising sea levels. (West Hawaii Today)

COMMENTARY:
Two PG&E executives and an energy expert explore PG&E’s use of mobile primary generation to reduce customer impact during planned and emergency power outages. (Transmission & Distribution World)
A former chairman of the Utah Republican Party says the right public policies can help the state rebuild its clean energy workforce. (Daily Herald)
A California journalist says there has been more talk than action regarding the state creating clean energy jobs instead of propping up fossil fuel companies. (Los Angeles Times)
A Nevada journalist explains why a proposal to tax renewable exports makes no political sense for the state. (Nevada Independent)

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.).