OIL & GAS: A federal appeals court rules rejects conservationists’ emergency motion to block ConocoPhillips’ Willow oil and gas drilling project in Alaska. (Anchorage Daily News)  

ALSO:
• New Mexico officials say companies have plugged more than 200 orphaned or abandoned oil and gas wells on state land since a new accountability and enforcement program launched in 2020. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)
A California lawmaker introduces a bill that would hold companies presumptively liable for harming people who live within 3,200 feet of their oil and gas facilities. (news release)

UTILITIES:
Colorado lawmakers introduce legislation that would require utilities to protect consumers from price shocks, eliminate ratepayer-funded subsidies for new natural gas lines and bar utilities from passing lobbying, legal and other fees to customers. (CPR)
Montana lawmakers rush to nullify a court-ordered work halt on a natural gas plant as more than 100 workers building the facility are laid off. (KTVQ)
U.S. Rep. Josh Harder of California introduces legislation aimed at preventing Pacific Gas & Electric and other utilities from taking advantage of disasters to increase prices. (news release)
Montana utilities plan a coordinated response to future cyberattacks on the power grid. (KPAX)
Pacific Gas & Electric plans to bury 77 miles of power lines in high wildfire risk parts of a northern California county this year. (Record-Searchlight)

SOLAR:
Hardware retailer Lowe’s plans to install rooftop solar on 52 big box stores and two distribution centers in California. (PV Magazine)
An agricultural company plans to build solar installations totaling 1,000 MW generating capacity on its eastern Colorado farmland. (Power Technology)
A California startup receives $3 million in state funds to accelerate its development of photovoltaic film that turns windows into electricity-generating solar panels. (PV Magazine)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A firm plans to build six 40-unit direct-current fast electric vehicle charging stations in southern California beginning this year. (news release)

BIOFUELS: A bioenergy company breaks ground on a 3 MW power plant in northern California that will be fueled by wood waste from wildfire-hazard reduction projects. (Record-Searchlight)

EFFICIENCY: A Montana city and county establish a joint energy efficiency rebate program to lessen the cost of electrifying government operations. (Missoulian)

CLIMATE:
California lawmakers advance bills that would require corporations to disclose carbon emissions and bar state pension funds from investing in fossil fuel firms. (Sacramento Bee)
The University of Arizona begins developing a climate action plan aimed at going carbon-neutral by 2040. (news release)

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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.