WIND: A federal environmental review finds northern California offshore wind development would have no significant impact on the environment and other ocean users, advancing the lease sale process. (Maritime Executive)

TRANSPORTATION:
• New Mexico regulators unanimously approve a clean car rule requiring electric and hybrid vehicles to make up an increasing portion of new sales. (news release)
A southern California transit agency breaks ground on a 24-vehicle overhead electric bus charging station. (CBS8)
California regulators approve $11.7 million for Pacific Gas & Electric to develop electric vehicle-to-grid pilot programs. (Green Car Congress)
An electric bike cargo company joins Santa Monica, California’s zero-emission delivery zone pilot program. (Modern Shipper)

OIL & GAS: Environmental groups say the U.S. Interior Department relies on a broken framework to determine oil and gas projects’ climate costs. (E&E News, subscription)

SOLAR:
Amazon agrees to purchase 450 MW of capacity from California solar facilities. (KVAL)
The California photovoltaics manufacturer that sparked a federal probe of Asian solar imports reportedly produces far fewer panels than it claims, and developers say its panels often have defects. (Canary Media)

STORAGE:
An Austrian vanadium redox flow battery manufacturer establishes a facility in Denver to bring its product to the North American market. (Energy Storage News)
• Pacific Northwest National Laboratory researchers work to develop a long-duration battery by freezing and thawing molten salt. (Scientific American)

EFFICIENCY: An Oregon nonprofit offers cash incentives to help wildfire victims rebuild homes with energy efficient features. (KTVZ)  

UTILITIES: Avangrid keeps a high profile while appealing its rejected merger with Public Service Company of New Mexico by sponsoring events in the state. (Santa Fe New Mexican)

GRID:
• Salt River Project proposes constructing a 230 kV transmission line and substation in an Arizona city to serve a new Meta data center. (Daily Independent)
Amazon seeks tax breaks for five energy-intensive data centers it plans to construct in rural Oregon. (Oregonian)
An energy journalist follows the path of the proposed TransWest Express transmission line that would carry wind power from southern Wyoming to the California grid. (Los Angeles Times) 

URANIUM: U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm says the Biden administration is working on a strategy to source uranium domestically and from allies so it can move away from Russian imports. (Reuters) 

HYDROGEN: Los Angeles officials advance a proposal to seek a federal green hydrogen hub designation for the area. (My News LA)

CLIMATE: California environmentalists say a new wave of “sustainable” Los Angeles-area housing developments with carbon offsets and electric-vehicle quotas will worsen climate change by encouraging suburban sprawl. (New Yorker)

COMMENTARY: An environmental advocate urges Congress to reform antiquated federal mining laws to protect public land from the rush to extract minerals used in clean energy. (The Hill)

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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.