NUCLEAR: Federal regulators greenlight a proposed interim spent nuclear reactor fuel depository in New Mexico even though the state recently passed a law banning such facilities without its consent. (Associated Press) 

The Navajo Nation withdraws support for a limited oil and gas drilling ban around Chaco Culture National Historical Park, putting it at odds with New Mexico Pueblo nations pushing for the moratorium. (Reuters)
California climate advocates call on Gov. Gavin Newsom to cut tax subsidies for oil and gas companies instead of slashing clean energy and transportation spending. (news release)
A man is arrested after allegedly tampering with railroad equipment and causing an oil-hauling train to derail in Washington state. (News Tribune)

UTILITIES: Supporters of a new California law mandating income-based utility billing say it will encourage electrification, but critics argue it will discourage rooftop solar and efficiency. (Canary Media) 

The Port of Long Beach in southern California plans to construct a floating facility to manufacture offshore wind turbines for proposed projects along the West Coast. (CBS News)
A developer proposes a 60 MW offshore wind power facility on state water along the central California coast near Vandenberg Space Force Base. (news release)

The federal Bureau of Land Management begins evaluating the proposed 600 MW Star Range solar project in southwest Utah that would be the state’s largest such facility. (news release; E&E News, subscription)
New Mexico regulators postpone announcing selected community solar projects after one of the applicants files a complaint about the selection process. (NM Political Report)
California environmentalists hesitantly support proposed state legislation aimed at protecting the imperiled Joshua tree while still allowing solar development in some of its habitat. (ENR)

CLEAN ENERGY: A new Nature Conservancy study proposes a more efficient approach to building wind and solar projects that uses less land than typical development and reduces conflict. (Washington Post)

GEOTHERMAL: The developer of a new geothermal power plant in Nevada had to build a 58-mile transmission line and substation before bringing the facility online. (Nevada Appeal)

CLIMATE: The National Science Foundation awards Idaho researchers $24 million to study how changes in climate, population and technology affect energy and water use. (Idaho Business Review)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Alaska lawmakers advance a bill that would exempt low-power electric bicycles from motor vehicle registration requirements. (KTOO)

HYDROGEN: Black Hills Energy explores a method of producing hydrogen and a pure stream of carbon dioxide from Powder River Basin coal. (Gillette News Record)

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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.