GRID:
• California’s grid operator sets a new record by meeting 99.9% of its power demand with renewable sources — for a brief moment. (Renewables Now)
• The federal Bureau of Land Management seeks public comment on the proposed 470-mile Greenlink West high-voltage transmission line that would carry solar power across Nevada. (E&E News, subscription) 

SOLAR:
• Idaho Power seeks public comment as it considers revamping its rooftop solar net metering policy. (Boise State Public Radio)
Federal lawmakers from New Mexico, Arizona and Nevada lead a bipartisan group calling on the Biden administration to conclude a probe of Asian solar imports that has been blamed for delaying projects. (S&P Global)

WIND: Avangrid Renewables brings a 200-MW wind farm in Oregon online. (Renewables Now)

STORAGE: Idaho Power plans to install the state’s first two utility-scale battery storage systems, totalling 120 MW of capacity. (Big Country News)

UTILITIES:
Washington state utilities say a wave of workers quitting their jobs could hamper their wildfire response efforts. (Utility Dive)
Consumer advocacy groups urge regulators to require Public Service Company of New Mexico issue bonds and reduce rates when it abandons a coal power plant later this year. (KRQE)  
• Top Colorado officials reject a challenge to a proposed ballot measure that would require Xcel Energy to return a portion of its profits to customers. (Westword)

COAL: The U.S. EPA says it will allow a Wyoming coal power plant to stay open pending a revision of the state’s haze compliance plan even though the facility missed a deadline to install pollution controls. (WyoFile)

ELECTRIFICATION: Climate advocates predict Washington state’s heat pump mandate will inspire other states to require electrification via building codes. (E&E News)

OIL & GAS:
A workers’ strike at a Chevron refinery in California enters its seventh week. (World Socialist Web Site)
An environmental group finds Wyoming oil and gas related spills in 2021 were up 5% from the previous year. (Wyoming Public Radio)
• U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan, an Alaska Republican, says the Biden administration’s reinstatement of a 2013 Arctic oil and gas plan that restricts the area available for drilling will undercut domestic energy production and local economies. (E&E News, subscription)   

NUCLEAR: The Idaho National Laboratory plans to build a nuclear powered microgrid as it looks to decarbonize its facility. (Microgrid Knowledge)

TRANSPORTATION: A Colorado county seeks amendments to a state bill that would require electric vehicle charging in 10% of multi-family buildings, saying it would hamper affordable housing development. (Summit Daily)

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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.