GRID: New modeling suggests California can achieve an 85% carbon-free grid in 2030 by ramping up offshore wind and geothermal power and avoiding overreliance on utility scale-solar and storage. (Canary Media) 

• A Montana judge strikes down a pre-approval law allowing NorthWestern Energy to secure ratepayer reimbursement for new assets before building them. (Montana Free Press)
First Amendment advocates say the California Public Utilities Commission lacks transparency and systematically undermines state public records laws. (San Francisco Public Press)

• Publicly traded oil and gas corporations with net-zero commitments are increasingly selling assets to private firms without such goals, raising concerns that the transfers may increase pollution, research finds. (New York Times)
Wyoming officials appeal a March federal court order that rescinded a Trump-era oil and gas lease sale in greater sage grouse habitat. (E&E News, subscription)
Colorado’s oil and gas industry withdraws ballot measures that would have limited local governments’ ability to restrict drilling and capped well cleanup bond amounts. (CPR)
Officials expect repairs from a March fire at an Exxon Mobil refinery in Montana to continue at least three more weeks. (Reuters) 

HYDROPOWER: California river rafters oppose San Francisco’s plan to curb hydroelectric dam releases during peak solar output times, thereby diminishing daytime river flows. (San Francisco Examiner)

HYDROGEN: A proposed project in central Utah that would produce green hydrogen, store it in subterranean salt caverns and use it to fuel a power plant would be the world’s largest such facility. (Deseret News)

SOLAR: California regulators seek public comment on a proposal to reform rooftop solar net metering policy. (Reuters)

LITHIUM: An Obama-era Interior Department official registers to lobby on behalf of the proposed Rhyolite Ridge lithium mine in Nevada. (E&E News, subscription)

• Oregon’s transportation department commits $100 million over five years to build out electric vehicle charging infrastructure. (KTVZ)
A California study finds a quarter of the Bay Area’s electric vehicle charging stations are not functioning properly. (Fox Business)

ELECTRIFICATION: Colorado lawmakers consider a bill that would require new buildings to be wired for solar panels and electric vehicle chargers. (The Denver Channel)

COAL: Environmental justice advocates call on Tucson Electric Power to support Arizona and New Mexico communities affected by the company’s coal power plant closures. (Salt Wire) 

GEOTHERMAL: Nevada’s U.S. Senators urge their colleagues to support the Biden administration’s request to allocate $200 million for geothermal power research and development. (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.