ELECTRIFICATION: Colorado advocates say replacing gas furnaces with electric heat pumps would help Xcel Energy cut carbon emissions, but a utility-commissioned study finds the appliances don’t perform well at high altitudes. (Colorado Sun) 

ALSO: Colorado firms take advantage of state and federal incentives to develop all-electric, solar-powered residential subdivisions. (Colorado Newsline)

California regulators acknowledge the state may not meet 2030 emissions reduction targets because its climate plan relies too heavily on unproven carbon capture technology. (Sacramento Bee)
Arizona’s climate-driven heat and housing crisis combine to create a public health emergency. (Arizona Republic)
President Joe Biden plans to travel to Arizona, Utah and New Mexico this week to tout his administration’s efforts to combat climate change. (Associated Press)

Nevada consumer advocates urge regulators to reject NV Energy’s bid to recover nearly $200,000 it paid for sponsorship deals that included free perks for utility executives. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Southern California Edison plans to invest $8 billion in capital projects in coming years with about 85% going into distribution grid upgrades. (Utility Dive)
A Colorado electric cooperative that recently split with its wholesale provider agrees to purchase power from a solar facility in the southern part of the state. (Greeley Tribune, subscription)

OIL & GAS: Pipeline companies agree to pay a $12.5 million civil penalty over federal clean water law violations related to oil spills in Montana and North Dakota in 2015 and 2016. (Associated Press)

BIOFUELS: Oregon regulators fine BP nearly $206,000 for inaccurately reporting renewable fuel volumes and illegitimately generating more than 11,000 clean fuel credits. (Salem Statesman-Journal)

HYDROPOWER: Construction is set to begin this month on a wave energy testing facility off the Oregon coast. (news release)

TRANSMISSION: Wyoming conservationists sue the federal Bureau of Land Management for allegedly violating environmental laws when approving a transmission line that would carry wind power  (E&E News, subscription)

TRANSPORTATION: Arizona lawmakers vote to put a contentious proposed transportation tax extension up for a popular vote next year. (Arizona Republic)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A California company receives $40.5 million in state funding to develop electric truck charging stations in northern California and Oregon. (EV Report)

NUCLEAR: Residents of a Wyoming coal town prepare for the 2025 closure of a power plant and mine and the subsequent arrival of an advanced nuclear reactor. (Cowboy State Daily)

COMMENTARY: California analysts urge state and federal leaders to accelerate offshore wind development to benefit the grid, climate and economy. (Los Angeles Times)

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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.