CLIMATE: Washington lawmakers pass a bill in a 27-22 vote that will create a system to cap carbon emissions and allow businesses to buy and sell emissions credits; Gov. Jay Inslee is expected to sign it. (Seattle Times)

OIL & GAS:
California Gov. Gavin Newsom says the state will stop issuing fracking permits by 2024 and end all drilling in the state by 2045. (Associated Press)
A California county could accelerate oil and gas activity, creating more conflict with the agricultural sector and Hispanic families who live or work near open wells. (Antelope Valley Press)
The oil company behind a Southern California oil spill plays a significant role in the state’s oil and gas industry and politics, thanks to its president who also chairs a trade organization aggressively opposing stricter environmental regulations. (Capital & Main)

COAL:
• Montana state senators resurrect a large portion of a failed bill aiming to save the Colstrip Power Plant and shield NorthWestern Energy from financial losses by amending a water and sewer bill. (Billings Gazette)
• A Montana lawmaker introduces a bill that would allow the attorney general’s office to investigate environmental groups that oppose coal. (Daily Montanan)

RENEWABLE ENERGY: Colorado Gov. Jared Polis signs two bills into law he says supports the state’s renewable energy transition and will promote more investments. (Center Square)

TRANSPORTATION:
The Kauai Alternative Fuel Corridor secures federal approval, opening the way to potential funding for electric vehicle charging infrastructure. (Honolulu Star-Advertiser)
Diesel vehicles and equipment are being replaced with electrical and battery-operated components at a New Mexico nuclear waste repository. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)
Portland General Electric launches a large public charging site for medium- and heavy-duty electric commercial vehicles with Daimler Trucks North America. (Daily Energy Insider)

UTILITIES: Critics say the proposed merger of New Mexico’s largest power company with Avangrid would harm the environment and the utility’s ratepayers during a regulatory hearing. (New Mexico Political Report)

HYDROPOWER: People on both sides of the conflict surrounding the endangered Snake River agree that addressing the problem of diminishing salmon is vital, but how remains contentious — especially the possible removal of its four dams. (ABC News)

SOLAR: Northern California solar companies are seeing a booming increase of customers investing in solar panel installations. (Good Day Sacramento)

COMMENTARY:
A four-part “micro documentary” explores the coal transition in Craig, Colorado. (Cloud North Films / Energy News Network)
A Colorado clean energy advocate says continuing to burn coal at a Pueblo power plant is not the right strategy for the city. (Pueblo Chieftain, subscription)
A University of California, Riverside professor says Southern California needs to aggressively focus on addressing its chronic harmful air pollution. (San Bernardino County Sun)

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.).