CLEAN ENERGY: California advocates push back on Gov. Gavin Newsom’s proposed clean energy infrastructure permitting reforms over potential environmental impacts, while business groups strongly support the plan. (East Bay Times)

HYDROPOWER:
Idaho Power looks to relicense three hydropower dams on the Snake River for 50 years and says it will put a greater emphasis on protecting water quality and fish. (Idaho Capital Sun) 
• A company purchases an idle small hydropower facility in California from Pacific Gas & Electric and plans to bring it back online. (Hydro Review)


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SOLAR:
Xcel Energy plans to add more than 400 MW of solar capacity to two natural gas plants in New Mexico and Texas. (Lubbock Avalanche-Journal)
A California project successfully beams space-generated solar power back to Earth. (Science)
Nevada environmental advocates say they located several endangered Mojave desert tortoises on the site of the proposed 300 MW Bonanza solar project. (Pahrump Valley Times)  

GEOTHERMAL: A peer-reviewed study finds geothermal power plant development in Nevada adversely affected greater sage-grouse populations within 3 miles of the facilities. (Sierra Nevada Ally)  

OIL & GAS:
Advocates call for tighter water use restrictions on the oil and gas industry in drought-stricken states, where hydraulically fracturing a single well can use up to 15 million gallons of fluids. (Capital & Main)
ConocoPhillips plans to develop its Nuna field in Alaska, adding up to 20,000 barrels of oil per day to the state’s total production. (Anchorage Daily News, subscription)
Rising natural gas prices spur an uptick in drilling and production in New Mexico’s gas-rich San Juan Basin after more than a decade of decline. (NM Political Report)    

CLIMATE:
• Montana’s Supreme Court rejects the state attorney general’s request to halt the trial for a youths’ climate lawsuit. (Daily Montanan)
A climate advocacy group finds California landfills emit more than 260,000 tons of methane annually, more than in every state except Texas. (Colorado Sun)

BUILDINGS: Colorado implements building codes requiring new construction be equipped for solar panels, electric vehicle charging and electric appliances. (Fort Morgan Times)

BATTERIES:
• Residents of a rural community in southern California raise concerns about grid-scale battery energy storage systems proposed for the area. (The Signal)
Construction begins on a 60 MW battery energy storage facility in Goleta, California. (news release)

UTILITIES: Oregon regulators reject natural gas supplier NW Natural’s long-term integrated resource plan, saying it is insufficient to meet state climate goals. (OPB)

GRID: Industry officials call California regulators’ goal of shifting 7,000 MW of load — enough to power 7 million homes without building any new generation — a “starting gun for a dramatic expansion of flexible demand.” (Utility Dive)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
An Arizona city begins developing a communitywide electric vehicle adoption plan. (Arizona Republic)
A Hawaii university launches a 14-passenger autonomous electric passenger shuttle to ferry people around campus. (news release)

NUCLEAR: A Washington state public utility’s board votes to participate in a small modular nuclear reactor feasibility study for the region. (Columbian)

CARBON CAPTURE: The University of Wyoming takes over management of a carbon capture test site from the state, saying the institution has more resources than the state energy authority. (Casper Star-Tribune)

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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.