SOLAR: Developers break ground on a 200 MW solar-plus-storage project aimed at replacing generation capacity lost from last year’s San Juan coal plant retirement in New Mexico. (NM Political Report)



  • A Los Angeles official calls for a reboot of the city’s 2019 climate plan, saying it has outlived its usefulness and lacks the transparency needed to accurately measure outcomes. (Los Angeles Times)
  • The Berkeley Lab in northern California plans to establish two new centers to tackle climate change and advance clean energy technologies. (Daily Californian)



PUBLIC LANDS: Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon considers suing the federal Bureau of Land Management over its proposal to restrict energy development on about 1.8 million acres in the southern part of the state. (Cowboy State Daily)

OIL & GAS: A southeastern New Mexico county advances a plan to issue a $500 million bond for a company to build a natural gas processing plant. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)


  • An advocacy group’s report finds California undercuts its own climate goals by spending less than one-fifth of its $22 billion transportation budget on projects aimed at reducing vehicle miles traveled. (news release)
  • California’s high-speed rail authority advances the process of acquiring six train sets. (Sacramento Bee)
  • A Washington state port considers establishing shore power, which enables ships to shut off diesel engines and plug into the mainland electricity grid. (Daily News)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Wyoming entrepreneurs step up to build an electric vehicle charging network after the state falters. (Sierra)

HYDROGEN: The U.S. Energy Department partners with firms on a proposed hydrogen maritime fuel demonstration project in San Francisco. (Marine Link)

BATTERIES: Idaho officials investigate a fire that broke out in a grid-scale battery energy storage facility on Monday. (CBS2)

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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.