OIL & GAS: Colorado regulators withdraw parts of an ozone pollution reduction plan after a data error led them to vastly underestimate emissions from some oil and gas operations. (CPR)

ALSO: A federal analysis finds a proposed ban on oil and gas drilling around Chaco Culture National Historic Park in New Mexico would block 47 potential new wells and minimally impact Navajo mineral rights holders. (NM Political Report)

CLIMATE: California releases an ambitious climate plan outlining measures to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions by increasing electric vehicles and the amount of wind and solar power, but critics say it relies too heavily on carbon capture. (Los Angeles Times)

TRANSITION: Unions representing former employees of the shuttered San Juan coal mine and plant in New Mexico ask for $6 million in state energy transition funds to cover out-of-pocket health costs incurred since the facilities closed. (NM Political Report)

ELECTRIFICATION: Developers of an experimental all-electric California subdivision equipped with a solar-plus-storage powered microgrid say it will be a model for future housing developments. (Bloomberg) 

SOLAR:
A southern New Mexico county’s zoning commission rejects three proposed community solar projects after neighbors complained about potential impacts to property values and viewsheds. (Roswell Daily Record)  
California solar advocates say regulators’ revised proposal to slash rooftop solar compensation will hurt the industry, while utilities say the plan cuts net metering rates too slowly. (San Diego Union-Tribune)  
Stanford University researchers find solar power production incentives are better at motivating low-income residents to adopt the technology than tax rebates. (news release)
An Arizona solar module manufacturer plans to establish a $1 billion production facility in Alabama. (Associated Press)  

BATTERIES:
A California city’s residents raise concerns about a proposal to build a 600 MW battery storage facility at a shuttered power plant site in the center of town. (KSBY)
The U.S. Defense Department launches a project in Alaska to develop a battery-integrated microgrid that can withstand extreme cold and winter conditions. (Energy Storage News)  
The U.S. Energy Department awards $10 million to a Nevada battery recycling firm. (news release)

HYDROPOWER: A California company says it has developed a hydropower turbine that allows fish to pass safely through it. (POWER) 

WIND: Produce company Dole installs two 2.8 MW wind turbines to power its salad processing facility in central California. (news release)

NUCLEAR: Developers of a proposed small modular reactor plant in Idaho say rising steel prices and interest rates could nearly double projected costs of power from the facility, potentially endangering the project. (Utility Dive) 

UTILITIES: Los Angeles advocates and residents call on the municipal utility to permanently end power shut-offs due to nonpayment. (LAist)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A California electric vehicle subscription company expands into Washington state. (EV Report)

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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.