Editor’s note: We accidentally sent you the U.S. edition of our daily news digests earlier this morning. Here’s the correct newsletter for today.

SOLAR: The Gila River Indian Community breaks ground on a 1 MW solar array that will cover 1,000 feet of an irrigation canal in Arizona, potentially saving 65 million gallons of water per year through avoided evaporation. (AZ Mirror)


  • California regulators amend their proposal to slash rooftop solar credits for multimeter properties in advance of a decision this week, but industry backers say it would still make solar unaffordable for schools and apartment-dwellers. (Solar Power World) 
  • A Colorado oil and gas operator plans to install a 10 MW solar array to power compressor stations and other facilities. (Daily Sentinel)


ELECTRIFICATION: Oregon advocates call on Portland to ban gasoline-powered leaf blowers, saying they are annoying and emit greenhouse gasses and other pollutants. (Oregonian)

OIL & GAS:   

  • The Biden administration declines to back a petition challenging a court’s rejection of federal approvals for a proposed Utah oil train. (Colorado Newsline)
  • Alaska lawmakers accuse Hilcorp of harming state economic growth by using its “monopoly position” in the Cook Inlet to restrict natural gas supplies and drive up prices. (Alaska Beacon) 
  • The California oil and gas industry spends more on lobbying than any other sector as the state passes new climate laws and clamps down on drilling. (CalMatters)

CARBON CAPTURE: Wyoming lawmakers consider giving coal power plants more time to comply with a law requiring them to consider installing carbon capture equipment rather than shutting down. (WyoFile)

TRANSMISSION: California’s grid operator seeks approval of a proposed transmission line allowing it to tap into Idaho wind power. (RTO Insider, subscription)

CRITICAL MATERIALS: NASA uses a modified U-2 spy plane to search for critical mineral deposits in the southwestern U.S. (Simple Flying)  

PUBLIC LANDS: Wyoming is poised to sue the federal Bureau of Land Management over a proposed land use plan that would restrict energy development in the southwestern part of the state. (KDVRCowboy State Daily)

EFFICIENCY: Colorado researchers look to develop less energy-intensive water desalination and purification methods. (news release)

GEOTHERMAL: The federal Bureau of Land Management offers leases on 135,000 acres in Nevada for geothermal development. (Nevada Current) 

CLIMATE: Montana advocates predict climate change and its effects could cost the state’s outdoor recreation economy more than $260 million by 2050. (Montana Public Radio)

COMMENTARY: A California editorial board urges Los Angeles officials to use a major freeway closure as the impetus to improve the city’s public transit. (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.