GRID: Xcel Energy revises the route of a proposed 650-mile high-voltage transmission line so that it will not infringe on Colorado’s Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site. (Colorado Sun) 

ALSO:
California grid operators extend wheel-through rules giving native load precedence over power transfers that run through the grid to outside utilities. (RTO Insider, subscription)
Colorado Springs’ municipal utility considers burying power lines in the wake of a December wind storm that left thousands without power for up to six days. (Colorado Springs Independent) 

OIL & GAS: Los Angeles’ city council considers banning new oil and gas drilling and phasing out existing wells. (Los Angeles Daily News)

HYDROGEN: New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has yet to garner fellow state Democrats’ support for her plan to make the state a hydrogen hub. (Santa Fe New Mexican)

TRANSPORTATION:
As state legislatures nationwide push bills promoting electric vehicle deployment, Western states lead the way in EV adoption. (Pew)
Public Service Company of New Mexico begins offering up to $2,000 to help customers install electric vehicle chargers. (KOB4)
California regulators approve a $120,000 incentive for purchasers of Arizona-based Nikola’s electric semi-trucks. (ABC15)
Teenage activists lead a campaign to ban new gas stations in their northern California community. (North Bay Business Journal)

SOLAR: The federal Bureau of Land Management seeks public input on four solar-plus-storage projects with a total of 2,300 MW generating capacity proposed for western Arizona. (news release)

HYDROPOWER:
Developers proposing pumped hydropower storage projects in Western states predict the long-dormant technology will be revived to back up growing amounts of wind and solar. (Canary Media)
• The U.S. Department of Energy awards $25 million to eight wave power research and development projects at Oregon’s PacWave South test site. (news release)

CLEAN ENERGY: A Republican Washington state lawmaker introduces a bill that would delay the state’s decisions on approving wind and solar projects so officials can address the mismatch between power’s production in rural areas and consumption in cities. (Tri-City Herald)

CLIMATE: Santa Fe County, New Mexico, adopts a six-phase plan to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. (Santa Fe New Mexican)

BIOFUELS:
The operator of a Hawaii biomass power plant asks the state Supreme Court to overrule regulators’ 2020 rejection of an operating permit. (Honolulu Star-Advertiser)
Clean Energy Fuels plans to install a 5 million-gallon-per-year methane capture digester at one of the nation’s largest dairies in Idaho. (news release)

Jonathan P. Thompson

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.