COAL: New Mexico regulators deny Public Service Company of New Mexico’s bid to transfer its share of the Four Corners coal plant to a Navajo Nation-owned energy company, but leaves the door open to future approval. (NM Political Report)

A federal grand jury charges the operator of a pipeline that spilled 25,000 gallons of crude off the California coast with a misdemeanor count of illegally discharging oil. (Associated Press)
Honolulu’s city council calls on the U.S. Navy permanently to close a leak-plagued fuel storage facility suspected of contaminating drinking water. (Associated Press)
U.S. Forest Service officials defend a November decision to allow the construction of an oil-carrying rail line through a Utah national forest. (E&E News)
Colorado health officials investigate elevated levels of a toxic chemical in a community adjacent to an oil and gas industry site. (Denver Post)
Colorado regulators are set to vote this week on rules requiring oil and gas operators to conduct more frequent leak inspections and other measures intended to reduce methane emissions. (Denver Post)
A U.S. Senate committee proposes increasing federal oil and gas royalty rates and repealing drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as part of Democrats’ reconciliation bill. (The Hill) 

GRID: Heavy winds take out power to at least 10,000 people on the Navajo Nation and 57,000 people in Colorado. (Associated Press, Denver Post)

California solar officials vow to fight regulators’ proposal to slash payments for rooftop solar, saying it would decimate the industry. (Canary Media)
A northern Colorado utility seeks proposals to build 250 MW of solar installations to replace generation lost when the Craig coal power plant closes in 2028. (Craig Daily Press)
A New Mexico county’s zoning board denies for the second time a proposal to construct a community solar project on private land. (Roswell Daily Record)

CLEAN ENERGY: Wyoming stakeholders push the state to take a proactive approach to siting renewable energy facilities, streamlined permitting and prioritizing development on already disturbed sites. (Wyoming Public Media)  

TRANSITION: An Arizona developer plans to construct a modular home factory on the site of the shuttered Navajo Generating Station to help replace lost coal industry jobs. (Arizona Republic)  

TRANSPORTATION: Arizona regulators approve the final phase of a transportation electrification plan requiring utilities to develop incentive programs and invest in charging infrastructure. (news release)

Salt Lake City, Utah, requires all redevelopment agency-funded buildings to be designed for maximum energy efficiency and bans natural gas hookups in more expensive projects. (KSL)
Climate experts say using oil well methane that otherwise would be vented or flared to power cryptocurrency mining operations is a “false solution” to greenhouse gas emissions. (Guardian)

NUCLEAR: Oregon’s NuScale Power looks to become the first advanced nuclear reactor developer to go public. (Utility Dive)

PUBLIC LANDS: The Biden administration plans to move 11 senior Bureau of Land Management officials back to Washington, D.C., with 36 staffers remaining in the Trump-era Colorado headquarters. (The Hill)

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.