LITHIUM: The Biden administration considers lending $1 billion to the developers of the controversial Thacker Pass lithium mine in Nevada as part of an effort to establish a critical mineral domestic supply chain. (Bloomberg)


  • Northern Colorado advocates push back against a utility’s plan to build a natural gas peaker plant that can later be converted to burn hydrogen. (Coloradoan)  
  • Rural Colorado electrical cooperatives look to exit contracts with wholesale providers Tri-State Generation and Transmission and Xcel Energy in search of cleaner, more affordable power. (Colorado Sun)

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TRANSPORTATION: Colorado Gov. Jared Polis seeks local leaders’ support for a proposed passenger rail line along the state’s populous Front Range. (CPR)


SOLAR: Washington state awards $35.4 million to governments, tribal nations and nonprofits to plan and install solar-plus-battery storage systems at community buildings. (Issaquah Reporter) 


PUBLIC LANDS: California environmental advocates credit the late Sen. Dianne Feinstein with protecting millions of acres of public lands from solar, wind and other development via a 1994 law and encouraging national monument designations. (Los Angeles Times)

STORAGE: A California energy firm says adding 16 MW of battery storage to a natural gas peaker plant has reduced the facility’s particulate emissions by as much as 78%. (Power)  

GRID: California’s grid operator proposes prioritizing interconnection requests in zones with existing or under-development transmission to reduce backlogs. (RTO Insider, subscription)

POLLUTION: Oregon joins nine other states suing the U.S. EPA for failing to regulate wood stove emissions. (KOIN)

CLIMATE: Oregon natural gas providers ask an appeals court to toss out the state climate plan’s requirement that they slash greenhouse gas emissions 90% by 2050. (IJPR) 


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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.