HYDROPOWER: Federal regulators give Xcel Energy the go-ahead to study a controversial proposed pumped hydropower storage project in western Colorado. (Colorado Sun)

SOLAR:
Idaho regulators seek public input on a utility’s proposal to cut net metering compensation for rooftop solar customers who send power back to the grid. (Boise State Public Radio)
Energy professionals and community leaders in California’s San Joaquin Valley consider developing solar power installations on agricultural land as drought makes farming unviable. (FERN)
Developers begin construction on a 200 MW solar project in central Utah. (news release)
Construction is completed on a 2 MW solar project expected to save a California city $9 million in power costs over the next 20 years. (Bakersfield Californian)

UTILITIES: New Mexico’s Supreme Court allows the state’s largest utility to delay issuing a rate credit for the closure of a coal plant until a court case on the matter is resolved. (NM Political Report)

GRID: Pacific Gas & Electric declares a transmission emergency in northern California after high winds batter utility lines, leaving nearly 20,000 customers without power. (Bloomberg)

POLITICS:
Nevada’s race for the U.S. Senate pits a pro-renewable energy incumbent against a Republican who blames Democrats for depriving the nation of “energy independence.” (Inside Climate News)
A survey by a nonpartisan think tank finds most Oregonians favor tighter environmental regulations and would vote for candidates committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. (States Newsroom)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
The U.S. EPA awards a small Alaska school district $395,000 to purchase an electric bus. (KSTK)
Demand for electric vehicles in Washington state reaches an all-time high even as a poll finds nearly half of Washington state residents oppose a proposed ban on gasoline-fueled car sales by 2035. (Seattle Times)
• A heavy-truck company begins manufacturing electric big rigs at its Oregon facility. (Portland Tribune)
A California poll finds support is waning for a ballot initiative that would tax the wealthy to fund electric vehicle incentive programs after Gov. Gavin Newsom launched a campaign to defeat the measure. (KQED)

MICROGRIDS: A Washington state utility brings a 500 kW solar-powered microgrid online with battery storage and two vehicle-to-grid charging stations. (Energy Storage News) 

OIL & GAS:
Nonprofits seek to plug abandoned and orphaned oil and gas wells that state and federal land managers can’t address. (High Country News)
The U.S. Navy proposes leaving a leaky fuel facility in Hawaii in the ground and putting it to beneficial use after it retires and cleans up the site. (Honolulu Star-Advertiser, subscription) 

CLIMATE:
California researchers find wildfire, drought, extreme heat and other effects of climate change in the state are rapidly accelerating and compounding. (Los Angeles Times)
The Santa Clara Pueblo tribe in northern New Mexico works to adapt to climate change-induced drought and wildfires. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY: A California analyst urges state officials to use big data to determine where electric vehicle charging stations should be located. (San Diego Union-Tribune)

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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.