HYDROPOWER: Federal officials will hold back water in Lake Powell this summer to keep water levels above the minimum needed for hydropower production. (New York Times) 

GRID:
• Portland General Electric opens a $207 million integrated grid operations center to monitor power supply and demand in its 4,000-square-mile service area. (Sherwood Gazette)
Bonneville Power Administration and Tucson Electric Power join the Western Energy Imbalance Market. (S&P Global)

WIND: A national historic preservation organization says a proposed Idaho wind facility threatens the Minidoka National Historic Site, a World War II internment camp. (Boise State Public Radio)

BIOFUELS: A California county rejects environmentalists’ bid to block an oil company from converting a petroleum refinery into a biofuel production facility. (KPIX)

OIL & GAS:
New Mexico’s oil and gas industry wages a public relations campaign implying that drilling regulations could harm public schools. (Guardian)
Republican U.S. lawmakers block land conservation bills that would have restricted drilling in parts of Washington state and Colorado. (E&E News, subscription)
Alaska environmentalists urge federal land managers to weigh the risk of a natural gas leak like the one at a ConocoPhillips facility last month when considering the company’s proposed Willow development. (E&E News, subscription)
A midstream energy company plans to expand oil and gas pipelines out of the Permian Basin to accommodate increasing demand. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)
ExxonMobil says it has reduced methane emissions from its Permian Basin oil and gas facilities thanks to increased leak detection. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)    

TRANSPORTATION:
• An electric vehicle battery materials startup with backing from Mercedes-Benz begins building a large-scale silicon-anode factory in Washington state. (Forbes)
Colorado lawmakers advance a bill that would allocate $28 million to pay for free public transit rides when ozone levels are high. (Colorado Sun)
A Denver, Colorado, neighborhood plans to build a solar-powered electric bike “library” for sharing the bikes. (9News) 

HYDROGEN: Pacific Gas & Electric prepares to launch a demonstration facility to study the feasibility of blending hydrogen and natural gas in pipelines. (Green Car Congress)

NUCLEAR: Oregon nuclear startup NuScale, which plans to build a small modular reactor battery in Idaho, begins trading on the New York Stock Exchange. (Oregonian)

SOLAR: A California school district plans to construct a 1.4 MW solar-plus-storage installation. (news release)

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Jonathan P. Thompson

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.