STORAGE: A battery fire breaks out at the 400 MW Moss Landing battery energy storage facility — the world’s largest — on the central California coast, prompting officials to shut down a highway and issue a shelter in place order for nearby residents. (CBS Bay Area)

ELECTRIFICATION: California regulators consider banning sales of natural gas furnaces and water heaters after 2030 to fight climate change and protect human health. (Canary Media)

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MICROGRIDS: A California produce company installs a solar- and fuel cell-powered microgrid with battery backup to serve a 450,000 square foot processing facility. (Bloomberg) 

POLLUTION: Colorado considers tightening emissions rules on transportation and oil and gas facilities after the U.S. EPA deems part of the state a “severe” violator of federal air quality standards. (Coloradoan)

TRANSPORTATION: Montana lawmakers propose replacing lost gasoline tax revenues with annual electric vehicle fees and a tax on EV charging stations. (Daily Montanan)

CRITICAL MINERALS: California preemptively bans seabed mining along its coast even though the practice could yield minerals used in electric vehicles and clean energy technology. (San Francisco Chronicle)

SOLAR:
Developers break ground on a 200 MW solar power facility in southwestern Utah. (St. George News)
Wyoming lawmakers consider encouraging school districts to use federal infrastructure funds to install solar panels as a money-saving measure.
(Casper Star-Tribune)
An Arizona real estate firm says it has contracts with developers to construct 16 solar facilities totalling 2,000 MW in the Phoenix area. (AZ Big Media)

NUCLEAR:
• Nevada officials call on the Biden administration to resume a licensing process that would allow them to kill the dormant nuclear waste repository project proposed for Yucca Mountain. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
California startup Oklo relaunches the federal licensing process for its 1.5 MW microreactor after regulators denied the previous application due to lack of information. (Power)
Montana lawmakers table a proposed nuclear power development advisory council after disagreements over its powers erupt. (Montana Standard)  

HYDROPOWER: The Ute Mountain Ute Tribe installs the first of 10 planned hydropower turbines in pipelines that irrigate the tribe’s farm. (Cortez Journal)

COMMENTARY:
A California columnist says cities must build out public transit and subsidize e-bikes — not just add more electric vehicles to the roads — to avoid becoming “traffic-choked dystopias.”(Los Angeles Times)
A California editorial board opposes a ballot measure that would tax the wealthy to fund electric vehicle incentives, saying it disproportionately benefits a single special interest and relies on an unsustainable funding model. (Los Angeles Times)

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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.