OIL & GAS: Advocates push back against new Utah laws increasing penalties for “inhibiting or impeding” critical infrastructure such as fossil fuel facilities; 18 other states have passed similar laws in the wake of 2017’s Standing Rock pipeline protests. (Grist)

Wyoming regulators issue health advisories after ozone levels spike around the Pinedale oil and gas fields in the rural western part of the state. (WyoFile)
A federal study finds natural gas, benzene and other chemicals from oil and gas facilities in Colorado are seeping through barriers installed to contain the materials. (Colorado Sun)  

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CRYPTOCURRENCY: Oregon lawmakers begin hearings on a bill that would require new Oregon data centers and cryptocurrency miners to meet clean-energy targets. (Oregonian)

An Arizona utility begins constructing a 161 MW wind power facility on a ranch in the northern part of the state. (news release)
An advisory panel tasked with assessing the federal Bureau of Land Management’s environmental review of the proposed Lava Ridge wind facility in southern Idaho recommends denying the project. (Idaho Mountain Express)
Washington state renewable energy advocates urge lawmakers to reject a bill that would prohibit nighttime wind turbine lights. (Chronicle)

An Arizona utility begins studying the feasibility of installing solar panels over its water canals to generate power and reduce evaporation. (Arizona Republic)
A Colorado cement plant operator plans to install a 33 MW solar-plus-battery storage project that would offset more than 40% of the facility’s power demand. (Manufacturing Business Technology)

Another powerful atmospheric river storm topples trees and utility lines in northern California, leaving nearly 200,000 customers without power. (KTVU)
California lawmakers consider two bills aimed at expediting clean energy transmission project permitting. (Sacramento Bee)

Colorado advocates urge state lawmakers to protect customers from utility price shocks by encouraging a transition away from natural gas and toward electric heating and cooking appliances. (Colorado Newsline)    
• A northern California utility considers offsetting customers’ power bills with $24 million it expects to receive from litigation with the federal government. (Palo Alto Online)
A Colorado utility begins operating modular natural gas generators at a coal power plant that was shuttered last year. (FOX21)

Hawaii lawmakers consider replacing the state fuel tax with a mileage-based fee initially applying only to electric vehicle drivers. (KHON2)
A Colorado city considers capping its total number of gas stations at six and requiring new facilities to install electric vehicle charging stations. (Denver 7)
Montana lawmakers consider a bill that would allow electric vehicle charging station operators to purchase wholesale power and set their own prices. (NBC Montana)

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• A renewable energy developer proposes constructing a 95 MW lithium-ion grid-scale battery storage facility in southern Colorado. (Valley Courier)
• An Oregon battery parts producer plans to build a new manufacturing facility in Indiana. (Associated Press)

BIOFUELS: The U.S. Agriculture Department awards $3 million to a proposed biodiesel distribution hub in Washington state aimed at supplying farmers with the fuel. (news release)

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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.