WIND: A Wyoming bill would allow used wind turbine blades to be buried in former coal mines as part of the reclamation process. (Associated Press)

ALSO: Federal wildlife authorities are to help Oregon-based renewables developer Avangrid breed California condors in captivity, aiming to replace those that are killed by wind turbines. (Los Angeles Times)

PUBLIC LANDS:
Surveys and polls show that Republicans’ claims that Interior Secretary nominee Deb Haaland’s views on climate are too “radical” are out of step with the perspectives of mainstream Americans. (Washington Post)
The head of a Native American-led advocacy group says Republicans questioning Interior Secretary nominee Deb Haaland at her confirmation hearing last week mostly mentioned tribes in the context of fossil fuel development, while disregarding other policy impacts. (HuffPost)

TRANSPORTATION:
A pilot program in a California city aims to “price the curb” by only allowing electric vehicles to park in certain areas while another California city is banning new gas stations. (E&E News, Fast Company)
A growing number of states are following California’s lead on regulating vehicle emissions. (The Hill)
California-based startup Lucid Motors in an open letter says production of its first electric vehicle is delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Axios)

SOLAR: A proposed New Mexico community solar bill intending to improve ratepayers’ access advances another state senate committee despite opposition from utilities. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)

UTILITIES:
Nevada utility companies continued to grow over the past year, despite the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic. (Nevada Business Magazine)
Northeast Portland utility ratepayers are worried about the costs they face to repair and replace appliances damaged and destroyed by an ice storm power surge. (The Oregonian)
Only three of the five Southern California cities that partnered in Orange County’s new regional renewable energy agency seem absolutely committed to it and the area’s first community choice energy program. (Voice of OC)

OIL & GAS:
The president of the Western States Petroleum Association says oil and gas will have a role to play in a sustainable energy future. (BIC Magazine)
The new head of a central California oil company says calls to end production in the state are “a dangerous idea.” (Bakersfield Californian)

POLLUTION: A Utah study finds that air pollution regulations can boost the profits of certain industries in the right circumstances. (Deseret News)

COMMENTARY:
A Nevada businessman says a state-wide natural gas ban would “harm those who can afford it the least.” (Las Vegas Sun)
The head of a California-based clean energy startup accelerator in an interview discusses the technologies they think are needed to combat climate change. (Eco-Business)
An Oregon grassroots organizer says a fracked gas corporation is holding local communities hostage through misinformation campaigns and lawsuit threats instead of collaborating with them to reduce emissions. (Register-Guard)

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.).