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UTILITIES: California’s Supreme Court rules Pacific Gas & Electric customers cannot sue the utility for losses incurred during public safety power shutoffs aimed at reducing wildfire hazard. (Los Angeles Times)

COAL: Federal researchers find Canada coal mines are discharging unprecedented levels of selenium and nitrate pollution into Montana’s Kootenay River watershed. (Montana Free Press) 


ELECTRIFICATION: A California city looks to electrify an entire block’s buildings and permanently shut down the natural gas line. (Smart Cities Dive) 

CLEAN ENERGY: The U.S. Energy Department awards a New Mexico university $900,000 to help develop and train a clean energy and efficiency workforce. (news release)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Los Angeles launches an effort to install electric vehicle fast-charging networks in underserved neighborhoods and increase rebates for used EV purchases. (L.A. Focus)  

GRID: High winds and heavy snow batter utility lines in southcentral Alaska, leaving about 17,000 households without power. (Alaska Public Media)

TRANSPORTATION: Preliminary data show a weeklong major freeway closure in downtown Los Angeles prompted an uptick in public transit ridership. (Los Angeles Times) 

BATTERIES: A California battery manufacturer proposes establishing a 850,000 square foot production facility near Sacramento that would employ up to 1,000 people. (Sacramento Bee)

SOLAR: Rocky Mountain Power awards a Wyoming nonprofit more than $100,000 to help install a solar array on its facility. (Laramie Boomerang)

EQUITY: The U.S. EPA awards Colorado organizations $4 million for environmental justice programs, including bilingual climate education projects and energy efficiency upgrades for low-income households. (CPR)

CARBON CAPTURE: Environmentalists and safety advocates push back on a proposal to open up U.S. Forest Service land for carbon sequestration. (NPR)


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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.