OIL & GAS: Federal land managers seek public comment on a Biden administration proposal to ban oil and gas drilling and mining on the 225,000-acre Thompson Divide in western Colorado. (Grand Junction Sentinel)

Colorado lawmakers pass a watered-down bill aimed at reducing oil and gas facilities’ ozone-forming pollution. (Colorado Newsline)
Progressive California lawmakers say oil and gas industry campaign contributions to their colleagues in both parties are thwarting efforts to clamp down on drilling. (Stateline)
A peer-reviewed study finds oil- and gas-related air pollution contributes to thousands of excess deaths and illness across the U.S. and is responsible for $77 billion in annual health costs. (news release)

Colorado energy analysts blame the state’s high utility bills this winter on California’s demand for natural gas to fill in for drought-diminished hydropower supplies. (Colorado Sun)
Colorado lawmakers advance a bill that would require utilities to control costs and bar them from charging customers to fund advertising and lobbying. (Colorado Politics) 

CLEAN ENERGY: Tucson, Arizona, signs a letter of intent with a utility to power 100% of city operations with renewable energy. (Arizona Daily Star) 

A U.S. Army base in Hawaii plans to install solar-plus-battery-storage “clusters” on 200 homes beginning in July. (Stars & Stripes)  
A developer plans to build solar-plus-storage facilities with 15 MW combined capacity to provide power to four California community choice aggregators. (PV Magazine)
Public Service Company of New Mexico plans to add 12 MW of battery storage to two solar facilities to ease stress on overloaded distribution system feeders. (Utility Dive)

HYDROPOWER: A court orders the operator of a hydropower dam in Washington state to pay $1 million in fines and restoration costs for polluting a river with turf rubber in 2020. (KING 5)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A southern California city’s police department plans to convert its entire automobile fleet to electric vehicles by early next year. (Los Angeles Times)

GEOTHERMAL: Hawaii residents push back on a geothermal power plant’s proposed expansion, citing concerns about noxious odors and lava flows damaging the facility. (Hawaii News Now)

COAL: Powder River Basin coal producers urge regulators to reject a company’s bid to force BNSF railways to haul more of its export coal, saying it would jeopardize service for other firms. (Trains)

CLIMATE: A Colorado startup develops a low-temperature, low-carbon-emitting method for producing iron used in steel production. (Colorado Sun)

CRITICAL MINERALS: The Biden administration moves to expedite permitting for a proposed zinc and manganese mine in southern Arizona, saying the minerals are a key part of electric vehicle and grid-scale battery supply chains. (E&E News)

TRANSITION: A New Mexico county’s officials say rising tax revenues show the local economy remains strong following the September 2022 closure of a coal plant and mine. (Farmington Daily-Times)

COMMENTARY: An energy analyst says California is a prime candidate for heat pumps and other forms of electrification, but high power prices hamper widespread adoption. (Energy Institute at Haas)

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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.