OIL & GAS: An appeals court sides with environmentalists and shoots down a federal approval of a proposed Utah railway that would connect Uinta Basin oil and gas producers to the national rail network. (Associated Press)

ALSO: The U.S. EPA fines a Colorado oil refinery $300,000 for allegedly violating toxic chemical regulations during a 2019 release. (Colorado Sun)

UTILITIES:
Public Service Company of New Mexico agrees to credit customers $115 million to resolve advocates’ challenges associated with last year’s closure of the San Juan coal plant. (NM Political Report)  
Industry observers say Hawaiian Electric has long known about wildfire risks its aging equipment posed, but delayed making upgrades that may have prevented the deadly Maui disaster. (New York Times)

CLIMATE: Researchers predict climate change and other factors will continue to increase Western wildfires’ severity and threaten utility infrastructure. (Seattle Times, Northwest Public Broadcasting)

CLEAN ENERGY:
New Mexico establishes itself as a clean energy industry leader as millions of dollars of manufacturing, generation and transmission related investments pour into the state. (Albuquerque Journal)
Republican U.S. lawmakers from Arizona work to eviscerate or kill the federal Inflation Reduction Act even though it has lured about $10 billion in clean energy investments to the state. (Arizona Daily Star)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A Washington state agricultural community becomes an electric vehicle-material and battery manufacturing hub after federal incentives entice startups to set up shop there. (E&E News)  

EFFICIENCY: Colorado regulators vote to require buildings over 50,000 square feet to reduce energy use 20% by 2030. (Denver Gazette)

GRID:
Arizona tribal nations and a nonprofit dispute the federal Bureau of Land Management’s SunZia transmission project approval, saying the agency failed to address impacts to historic properties. (news release)
Data show natural gas generation dominated California’s grid last year, but solar has increased its share by a factor of 20 since 2012. (RTO Insider, subscription)
A wildfire in northern California forces a utility to de-energize transmission lines, leaving about 12,000 customers without power. (KMVU)  

SOLAR: California solar installers say new net metering policies render rooftop solar financially infeasible without energy storage. (Los Angeles Times)

CARBON CAPTURE:
A Washington state startup begins operating its system aimed at enhancing natural marine chemical reactions to capture carbon from the air and store it in the sea. (Canary Media) 
California researchers look to develop a community-owned direct air carbon capture and storage project guided by local concerns rather than oil industry-driven solutions. (Bakersfield Californian)

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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.