ELECTRIFICATION: Alaska efficiency advocates say heat pump sales have soared following steep natural gas, propane and heating oil price hikes. (Wired)

ALSO: New Mexico lawmakers advance a bill that would prohibit local governments from banning specific fuels such as natural gas or propane. (NM Political Report)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
California electric vehicle advocates predict Tesla’s move to open its chargers to other companies’ cars will boost the state’s EV adoption rate. (San Francisco Chronicle)
Oregon lawmakers consider legislation that would offer rebates of up to $1,700 on electric bike purchases. (KOIN)

BATTERIES: A German company plans to construct a lithium-ion battery recycling facility in Casa Grande, Arizona. (news release)

SOLAR:
The federal Bureau of Land Management’s plan to expand its Western solar program sparks tension between clean energy advocates and environmentalists who prioritize landscape and habitat preservation. (Inside Climate News)
Companies submit more than 400 applications to develop installations for New Mexico’s new community solar program. (NM Political Report)
The U.S. Energy Department awards a New Mexico partnership $3.2 million to fund efforts to use concentrated solar to produce cement. (news release)

WIND: A Wyoming biologist says federal wildlife officials are underestimating wind power facilities’ impact on bald and golden eagles. (Cowboy State Daily)

GRID: A northern California city considers requiring new commercial and multifamily residential developments to underground utility lines to reduce fire risk. (Siskiyou Daily News)

UTILITIES: New Mexico regulators push back against proposed legislation that would let local governments set up utilities, saying it represents a significant break from the current regulatory framework. (Albuquerque Journal)

OIL & GAS:
Researchers find exposure to oil and gas wastewater causes lasting harm to freshwater species critical to the food chain. (Inside Climate News)
Alaska lawmakers vote unanimously to urge the Biden administration to approve ConocoPhillips’ proposed Willow oil and gas drilling project. (Alaska Beacon)
• U.S. senators from New Mexico introduce a bill that would increase federal funding for finding, studying and plugging abandoned and orphaned oil and gas wells. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)
A Colorado county urges the federal Bureau of Land Management to halt new oil and gas leasing on some lands with high conservation values. (Steamboat Pilot)
• Alaska lawmakers withdraw a bill that would have changed oil and gas property tax assessment methods after discovering a single company was behind the legislation. (Arctic Sounder)
A California lawmaker introduces a bill that would require refineries to purchase at least 50% of oil they process from in state. (The Sun)

COAL: A Montana lawmaker introduces a bill that would weaken water quality standards put in place to protect fish from selenium emanating from coal mines in Canada. (Flathead Beacon)

MICROGRIDS: Heavy equipment manufacturer Caterpillar is building a proving ground in Arizona to test solar, wind and microgrids that would power mining complexes. (Arizona Daily Star)

GEOTHERMAL: Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy introduces bills that would expand the size limit and streamline permitting for geothermal projects. (Daily News-Miner) 

CLIMATE: California startups work to scale up direct ocean carbon capture. (Pasadena Star-News)

CRITICAL MINERALS: Wyoming lawmakers pass a bill seeking to give the state regulatory oversight over rare earths mining and waste disposal. (Casper Star-Tribune)

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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.