OIL & GAS: The Biden administration is set to soon decide whether ConocoPhillips can pursue its proposed Willow oil and gas development in Alaska, which observers say is a key test of the administration’s energy and climate policies. (Washington Post) 

 Colorado researchers develop technology that uses lasers to track oil and gas facility leaks in real time. (Daily Camera)
• The Biden administration considers triggering tighter ozone pollution rules in parts of the Permian Basin, potentially curbing drilling in the nation’s busiest oil and gas field. (Bloomberg)

BIOFUELS: The owners of a tree-burning power plant in Hawaii consider appealing regulators’ second rejection of a power purchase agreement that is keeping the facility from operating. (Honolulu Star-Advertiser)

California regulators approve a new distributed energy project review process aimed at speeding rooftop solar and storage interconnections. (Solar Power World)
An energy developer proposes constructing a 2 MW solar facility on a decommissioned waste dump in Alaska. (KDLL)

UTILITIES: California regulators fine Pacific Gas & Electric $1.27 million for failing to fix problems with its natural gas pipeline anti-corrosion systems. (Mercury News)

Colorado lawmakers allocate $65 million to help school districts purchase electric school buses and install charging infrastructure. (Colorado Sun)
Utah joins seven other Western states to build an electric vehicle charging station network across the region to better serve EV-driving tourists. (Salt Lake Tribune)
A California city receives funding to extend a program offering low-income residents up to $9,500 toward electric vehicle purchases. (ABC10)
Arizona officials say they are unlikely to abide by the Biden administration’s call for states to suspend gasoline taxes, saying the costs to state revenues outweigh the benefits to consumers. (AZ Mirror)

• Developers of a proposed Nevada vanadium mine plan to construct a solar microgrid backed up by battery storage to power the facility. (International Mining)
• San Diego hires a company to build eight solar-powered microgrids with battery backup to power recreation centers and fire and police stations. (Solar Industry)

A draft New Mexico rule limiting power plant carbon emissions would block a plan to keep the San Juan Generating Station running beyond its September retirement date. (RTO Insider, subscription)
Fossil fuel-rich tribal nations explore ways to dismantle their coal-dependent economies in a way that keeps jobs and revenues intact. (Indian Country Today)

CLIMATE: California’s cement industry seeks government funding to help reduce emissions from the carbon-intensive, mostly fossil fuel-powered facilities. (CalMatters) 

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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.