OIL & GAS: Federal regulators delay a key vote on a proposed natural gas pipeline expansion in the Northwest after environmentalists and lawmakers called for the project to be rejected. (Oregon Capital Chronicle)

Colorado advocates look to leverage an expiring railroad tunnel lease to block a proposed Utah rail project that would send oil-laden trains across the state. (Colorado Newsline)  
Japan and South Korea opt out of a proposed natural gas export terminal and pipeline in Alaska, dimming prospects for the $44 billion project. (Wall Street Journal, subscription)

Nevada clean energy advocates push back on NV Energy’s proposal to convert the state’s last coal plant to natural gas, saying the utility did not seek out cleaner and less-expensive options. (Nevada Current)
Xcel Energy plans to invest $770 million to extend the life of aging natural gas plants and construct solar and battery storage facilities in New Mexico and Texas. (KFDA)
A study finds San Diego utility customers could save up to 14% on their electricity bills within 10 years if the city were to create a municipal utility to replace SDG&E. (San Diego Union-Tribune) 

California grid operators say increased hydropower capacity due to the wet winter, more battery storage and improved contingency plans prepare them to meet this summer’s heat-driven power demand. (Los Angeles Times)
Arizona utility Salt River Project turns to natural gas generation to meet record-high electricity demand during the longest heat wave in Phoenix history. (NPR)
California regulators approve guidelines for a statewide virtual power plant program that will allow distributed batteries to send power back to the grid during high demand. (Solar Power World) 
California’s grid operator declares a second consecutive emergency alert, citing energy supply uncertainty and transmission constraints during heat-driven high regional power demand. (RTO Insider, subscription)

A developer proposes a 400 MW solar power facility on private land near Boise, Idaho. (Boise Dev)
Nevada labor unions establish utility-scale solar workforce training programs. (KUNR)

A California startup works to scale up thermal battery technology to power industrial facilities. (CNBC)
An independent power producer secures financing for its proposed 588 MWh lithium-ion battery storage system in southern California. (Energy Storage News)

COAL: Arch Resources says its Powder River Basin operations’ profits helped offset “geological challenges” at its Western Colorado coal mines. (County17)

COMMENTARY: A Colorado energy journalist explores potential pathways the state could follow to decarbonize buildings. (Big Pivots)

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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.