OIL & GAS: The Biden administration is set to hold its first onshore oil and gas lease sales this week, auctioning parcels in seven Western states with an 18.75% royalty rate. (The Hill)

ALSO: A data analytics firm finds Permian Basin oil and gas facility methane emissions during the first quarter of 2022 increased about 33% from the previous quarter. (Washington Post)

COAL: Grid strain, delayed renewable projects and a bid to keep a coal power plant operating beyond its scheduled retirement date threaten to delay implementation of New Mexico’s landmark energy transition act. (Energy News Network/High Country News)

BIOFUELS: Hawaii Gov. David Ige plans to veto a bill that would require 33% of renewables to be generated by “firm” resources such as wood and other biofuels. (Honolulu Civil Beat)

GRID: A renewable energy developer says California’s grid operator’s move to fast-track interconnection for emergency resources could hurt projects already in the grid connection queue. (Utility Dive)

WIND: New Mexico signs leases clearing the way for a renewable energy developer to construct a wind power project on 230 square miles of state trust land. (Associated Press)

TRANSPORTATION:
Tesla plans to build a 51 stall electric vehicle charging station in a small Oregon town along Interstate 5. (KGW8)
Electric truck manufacturer Rivian opens three electric vehicle fast charging stations in Colorado and California. (Future Car)
California lawmakers agree to replace a proposed gasoline tax rebate with an inflation relief payment no longer tied to vehicle registrations, and to suspend a diesel tax. (CBS Los Angeles)  

NUCLEAR: Republican Congress members introduce a bill that would require California to issue the permits needed to keep the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant running beyond its planned 2025 retirement date. (news release)

HYDROPOWER:
Northwest utilities spend more than $2 million on a public relations campaign aimed at convincing residents to oppose a proposal to breach four hydropower dams on the Lower Snake River to help salmon. (Union-Bulletin)
• Oregon researchers work to demonstrate the feasibility of hydroelectric power facilities paired with supercapacitors for energy storage. (news release)

CLIMATE: A federal appeals court upholds a previous ruling that a California cities’ lawsuit aimed at requiring oil companies to pay for climate change-related damages belongs in state courts. (E&E News, subscription) 

COMMENTARY: A California affordable housing advocate urges regulators to enact rooftop solar net metering policies that benefit renters as well as homeowners. (Desert Sun) 

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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.