TRANSPORTATION: California adopts regulations requiring railroads to reduce and ultimately eliminate harmful locomotive emissions after the U.S. EPA clears the way for the new rule. (San Francisco Chronicle)

ALSO: West Coast Indigenous nations call on federal regulators to ban a rubber-preserving chemical used in vehicle tires, saying it kills salmon when it washes from roads into streams. (Associated Press) 

CLEAN ENERGY: A developer scales back a proposed wind and solar power facility in eastern Washington after it runs into local opposition. (Seattle Times)

SOLAR: A company plans to build a $50 million solar equipment manufacturing facility in Albuquerque, New Mexico, expected to employ about 100 people. (KRQE)


  • Oregon Gov. Tina Kotek and six state agencies support proposed offshore wind development along the state’s southern coast, but urge federal regulators to further research environmental and cultural impacts. (OPB)
  • An Arizona county approves an additional 28 turbines for a wind power facility under development on private land in the northern part of the state. (White Mountain Independent) 


  • Hawaiian Electric plans to begin de-energizing power lines to mitigate wildfire risks after facing scrutiny for its role in sparking the deadly Maui blazes. (Reuters)
  • Advocacy groups slam Arizona Public Service’s plans to continue relying on fossil fuels for nearly half of its generation until 2038. (news release)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: New Mexico auto dealers push back on a proposed state rule that would phase out sales of gasoline powered vehicles, saying it would limit consumer choice. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)

WILDLIFE: Wyoming researchers find clean energy and oil and gas development threaten the “Path of the Pronghorn” wildlife migratory corridor. (WyoFile)

OIL & GAS: An environmental group sues the federal Bureau of Land Management over its Trump-era approval of 145 oil and gas leases in eastern Utah, saying the agency didn’t adequately review landscape impacts. (news release)

TRANSMISSION: Tucson officials and residents push back on a proposed high-voltage transmission project through the middle of town, saying the utility should put the line underground. (Arizona Daily Star)

GRID: A clean energy management company operating in Montana joins the California grid operator’s Western Energy Imbalance Market. (news release)  


  • Right wing Wyoming lawmakers give Republican Gov. Mark Gordon a vote of “no confidence” for acknowledging the reality of climate change and saying the state is committed to becoming “carbon negative.” (Cowboy State Daily)
  • Wyoming lawmakers propose allocating $50 million to sue the federal government over environmental and natural resource laws and regulations. (WyoFile)

NUCLEAR: California officials and advocates continue to debate what to do with the San Onofre nuclear plant’s spent reactor fuel a decade after its closure. (KTLA) 

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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.