GRID: California officials say the state is likely to experience power shortages as  high as 5,000 MW during peak demand periods this summer, increasing the threat of outages. (Los Angeles Times)

ALSO: An Arizona utility says it will have enough generating capacity to meet demand this summer but could face shortfalls in coming years if planned renewable energy projects are not completed on schedule. (Arizona Daily Star)

HYDROPOWER: Two of California’s largest hydroelectricity producing reservoirs are at critically low levels, dimming summer hydropower output forecasts. (CNN)

CLEAN ENERGY: Hawaiian Electric seeks 180 GWhs of dispatchable and 40 MW of firm renewable power by 2027 to reduce reliance on diesel generators that may become obsolete due to a lack of spare parts. (Maui News, Honolulu Civil Beat) 

WIND:
Opponents of a proposed 500 MW wind facility in Wyoming ask the state supreme court to overturn a county’s approval of the project. (Laramie Boomerang) 
The California Energy Commission aims to install 3,000 MW offshore wind capacity by 2030. (news release)

SOLAR:
• Clean energy groups call on Idaho Power to offer customers community-owned solar. (Northern Rockies News Service)
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich of New Mexico says a federal probe of Asian solar imports could “destroy an entire industry” if not wrapped up quickly. (news release)

NUCLEAR:
• The Palo Verde nuclear plant in Arizona seeks a new source of water for steam generation to replace the increasingly expensive treated wastewater it currently uses. (Arizona Republic)  
Pacific Gas & Electric officials say they plan to close the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant in 2025 as scheduled even after California Gov. Gavin Newsom proposed keeping it operating longer. (Santa Ynez Valley News) 

OIL & GAS:
• Wyoming researchers find a deep aquifer containing water not fit for human consumption but that could be used for hydraulic fracturing and other oil and gas industry applications. (Wyoming Public Radio)
• Colorado lawmakers consider a bill that would create an industry-financed fund to plug and clean up orphaned oil and gas wells. (Denver7)
• Navajo Nation and Pueblo tribal leaders remain at odds over the extent of a proposed oil and gas drilling buffer zone around Chaco Culture National Historical Park as the public comment period comes to an end. (E&E News, subscription)

UTILITIES: Xcel Energy and Tri-State present fire prevention plans to Colorado regulators. (Santa Fe New Mexican)

TRANSPORTATION: Alaska’s first Tesla electric vehicle supercharger station celebrates its grand opening. (KTUU)

COMMENTARY: A New Mexico lawmaker argues that hydrogen production offers a just way for the state’s coal communities to transition to clean energy. (Albuquerque Journal)

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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.