A federal judge orders federal regulators to redo an analysis of a proposed Montana coal mine expansion, saying the agency’s 2019 approval violated environmental law by not considering water quality impacts. (Montana Free Press)  
Montana regulators continue to push coal power even as utilities and investors dump the fossil fuel due to economics and environmental liabilities. (Billings Gazette) 

The Biden administration plans to reinstate a waiver allowing California to set stricter auto emissions standards than the federal government, as the state’s truck pollution rules inspire new federal regulations. (E&E News, New York Times)
NV Energy seeks public input on how and where to spend $100 million to expand Nevada’s electric vehicle charging infrastructure. (FOX5)

New Mexico’s attorney general says he plans to investigate the role utility regulators’ decisions and policies played in Public Service Company of New Mexico’s predicted summer power generation shortfalls. (Albuquerque Journal)  
Hawaiian Electric partners with solar installers on a proposal to pay households to add battery storage to their rooftop panels and export power to the grid during peak demand. (Canary Media)
New Mexico lawmakers pass a bill that would fund energy efficiency upgrades in low-income communities. (NM Political Report)

GRID: Colorado regulators give preliminary approval to Xcel Energy’s proposal to build 560 miles of transmission line to carry wind power from the eastern part of the state to urban customers. (Big Pivots)

LITHIUM: The Winnemucca Indian Colony joins two other tribal nations in litigation against Lithium America’s Thacker Pass mine proposed for western Nevada. (Nevada Current) 

U.S. House Republicans urge the Biden administration to approve Conoco-Phillips’ Willow Arctic drilling project in Alaska — a decision seen as a test of Biden’s resolve to fight climate change. (Washington Post)   
The federal Bureau of Land Management seeks public comment on the Biden administration’s proposal to ban oil and gas drilling around Chaco Culture National Historical Park. (

HYDROPOWER: State and federal officials work to develop a plan to prevent Lake Powell from falling below the minimum levels needed to generate hydropower. (Colorado Public Radio)

CLIMATE: California refineries and utilities may jeopardize the state’s ability to reach climate goals by stockpiling greenhouse gas cap-and-trade emissions credits. (Associated Press)   

A Washington environmental advocate urges state lawmakers to pass a bill creating an incentive that would cover costs to install rooftop and brownfield community solar for low-income households. (Spokesman-Review)
A California editorial board calls on Los Angeles’ city council to ban natural gas hookups to “avert disastrous climate change and protect people’s health.” (Los Angeles Times)
The Natural Resources Defense Council urges Colorado regulators to reject Xcel Energy’s plan to keep operating Comanche coal plant until 2035

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.