OIL & GAS: A conservation group calls on Utah officials to revoke an electric cooperative’s rights to water that it says could be used for a proposed oil shale mine and processing plant. (KUER)

ALSO: Industry experts say a sale of low-producing oil and gas wells in Colorado illustrates how companies shuffle assets around to evade liability for cleanup costs and hoist it on the public. (High Country News) 

The Western Area Power Administration approves the interconnection of a proposed 504 MW wind facility in Wyoming to its grid, clearing the way for construction to begin. (ReNews.biz)
A California elected officials’ advocacy group calls for expedited permitting of West Coast offshore wind power facilities. (KCBX)

Western Colorado officials begin creating rules for land use and revenue from an expected surge in utility-scale solar development proposals. (Big Pivots)
Solar power advocates gather at a southern California utility’s headquarters to protest proposed cuts to rooftop solar net metering payments. (San Diego Union-Tribune)
A renewable energy developer and Arizona utility partner to construct a 300 MW solar-plus-storage facility in the central part of the state. (PV Magazine)
New Mexico researchers develop a transparent coating that helps photovoltaic panels shed snow and ice and increase power output. (news release)

Federal transportation officials approve Colorado’s proposal to build out an electric vehicle charging network along 3,164 miles of roads. (Denver Gazette)  
King County, Washington’s city council votes to require developers to install electric vehicle chargers in at least 10% of new apartment buildings’ parking spaces. (GeekWire)
California allocates $125 million for an incentive program for purchasing zero-emissions off-road industrial equipment and vehicles. (Freight Waves) 

HYDROPOWER: Federal officials say a transformer fire Tuesday at Hoover Dam was extinguished without injuries or interruption to the power grid. (Reuters)

Boulder, Colorado, considers a tax on electricity and natural gas utility bills that would raise funds for climate resiliency projects. (CPR)
A Colorado startup says it has developed a method to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere using mine waste. (Canary Media)

COMMENTARY: Renewable energy advocates call on the federal government to encourage West Coast offshore wind power development by funding new transmission and offering tax credits for floating wind turbines. (Utility Dive)

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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.