NUCLEAR: The Biden administration awards Pacific Gas & Electric $1.1 billion to help the utility keep the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant in central California running beyond its scheduled 2025 retirement. (Los Angeles Times) 

ALSO: New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham calls on the Biden administration to block an interim spent reactor fuel repository proposed for the southeastern part of the state. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)

COAL: Environmental groups slam the U.S. EPA for endorsing a Trump-era decision to let two Utah coal power plants operate with outdated pollution-control equipment. (E&E News)

TRANSITION: A New Mexico official says the state’s energy transition act is moving too slowly to prevent laid off coal workers from leaving their communities. (KUNM)

NATURAL GAS: Two Alaska utilities consider importing liquefied natural gas from Canada after an oil and gas company warns its in-state sources may not be able to meet future demand. (Anchorage Daily News) 

SOLAR:
• A solar developer plans to offset its utility-scale installations’ impacts on ecologically sensitive habitat by ending grazing on 215,000 acres of federal land, drawing opposition from California ranchers. (Bakersfield Californian)
Nevada environmentalists, tribes and some residents push back against the proposed $2 billion Greenlink transmission project that would carry power from utility-scale solar projects throughout the state. (KLAS)
American Express helps fund a Utah utility’s effort to expand access to its rooftop solar and storage incentive program to underserved communities and people of color. (KSL) 

WIND: California researchers develop a framework for minimizing offshore wind power facilities’ impact on seabirds and other marine wildlife. (news release)        

GEOTHERMAL: A 1,600-room casino resort in Nevada relies on geothermal energy for all of its heating and cooling, saving it at least $6 million in power costs. (The Bulletin)

TRANSPORTATION:
• An Arizona advocacy group finds the state’s largest cities could together save $80 million by converting municipal fleets to electric vehicles. (East Valley Tribune)
A California transit agency is set to add 33 hydrogen-powered buses to its fleet over the next three months. (San Gabriel Valley Tribune)   
• Oregon advocates call on regulators to implement indirect-source emission rules to help the state meet its diesel pollution reduction targets. (Oregonian)

UTILITIES:
• California regulators fine Southern California Edison $1 million after finding the utility’s equipment sparked the 2019 Easy Fire. (news release)
An Arizona utility releases a documentary urging other power companies to join its effort to extend electricity to homes on the Navajo Nation. (Public Power)

GRID: A hot air balloon crashes into power lines in New Mexico, leaving Albuquerque residents without power. (Albuquerque Journal)

COMMENTARY: A California editorial board says state regulators’ new proposal to slash compensation for rooftop solar will hamper adoption even though it removes a burdensome “solar tax.” (Los Angeles Times)

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Jonathan P. Thompson

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.