OIL & GAS: The U.S. EPA is poised to downgrade Denver’s ground-level ozone standard nonattainment level, putting pressure on state regulators to crack down on oil and gas industry emissions. (CBS News Colorado) 

ALSO: Oil and gas industry employment levels remain below pre-pandemic levels even though drilling activity and oil company profits have increased. (E&E News)

WIND: California Gov. Gavin Newsom urges state regulators to set a goal to develop at least 20 GW of offshore wind capacity by 2045. (Utility Dive)  

• The federal Bureau of Land Management withdraws 118,600 acres in southwestern Nevada from new mining claims to evaluate its suitability for utility-scale solar development. (E&E News, subscription) 
• A New Mexico municipal utility agrees to drop a standby service rider fee on rooftop solar users and refund past charges to settle solar advocates’ lawsuit. (news release)
A Colorado solar co-op offers $8,000 to income-qualified households to purchase rooftop installations. (Denver Gazette)
A renewable energy developer seeks public input on a 127 MW solar installation proposed for private land in western Colorado. (Cortez Journal)
A Navajo Nation coal mining community installs a solar-plus-storage system on its chapter house. (news release)  

COAL: A conservation group sues Colorado regulators for allowing a coal mine in the western part of the state to operate without air quality permits. (Daily Sentinel)

A federal investigation finds evidence of pervasive racial discrimination at Tesla’s San Francisco factory. (Bloomberg Law)
An electric vehicle battery recycling and parts manufacturer begins construction on a $3.5 billion facility in Sparks, Nevada. (Forbes)
A Colorado city considers requiring electric vehicle charging capability in all new construction. (KDVR)

GRID: The developer of the proposed Wyoming-to-Nevada TransWest Express transmission project applies to join California’s grid operator’s network.  (Utility Dive) 

Idaho Power launches a planned outage program aimed at reducing the risk of utility equipment sparking wildfires. (KTVB)
• A New Mexico business group calls on state prosecutors to investigate the state Public Regulation Commission, which oversees utilities, for allegedly violating open meeting laws. (Albuquerque Journal) 

LITHIUM: A mining company proposes extracting lithium from abandoned oil and gas wells in southeastern Utah. (KZMU)

NUCLEAR: Environmental groups sue to reverse a federal license granted to an interim spent nuclear reactor fuel depository proposed for the Permian Basin. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)

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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.