NUCLEAR: The developers of a proposed advanced nuclear reactor in a Wyoming coal town say completion of the facility will likely be delayed by two years, citing fuel supply chain constraints. (Casper Star-Tribune)

Increasing construction costs jeopardize a proposed small modular nuclear reactor power plant in Idaho that would send power to Utah municipal utilities. (E&E News)  
California researchers reach a significant milestone by generating net energy from a fusion reaction, but practical applications are likely decades away. (Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles officials consider covering the LA Aqueduct with solar panels to reduce evaporation and generate power. (KCRW)
U.S. Sens. Mark Kelly and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona urge the Biden administration to extend its pause on solar equipment import tariffs. (KYMA)
Microsoft and Nike partner with Common Energy to develop a 2.5 MW community solar project in Oregon. (PV Magazine)

Environmental groups step up calls urging the Biden administration to reject ConocoPhillips’ proposed Willow oil and gas drilling project in Alaska. (Time)
A California petroleum trade group says it has gathered enough signatures to put a referendum on the ballot asking voters to overturn a new oil and gas drilling setback law. (Bakersfield Californian)
Federal land managers seek public input on a proposal to ban new oil and gas leasing on the 224,000-acre Thompson Divide in western Colorado. (Aspen Times)
New Mexico brings in billions of dollars more than it expected for the fiscal year due to higher-than-expected oil and gas royalties and severance taxes. (NM Political Report)

COAL: The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes join other tribes urging the federal government to address Canada coal mines’ selenium contamination that crosses the border into Montana rivers. (Missoulian) 

GRID: Energy analysts say Oregon can’t reach its climate goals without modernizing, expanding and integrating the Northwest power grid. (OPB)

UTILITIES: A southern California clean power authority lowers rates after an analysis finds tens of thousands of customers would likely opt out of the community choice cooperative. (Los Angeles Times)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A southern California freight hauling company orders 92 battery-powered big rigs, giving it the nation’s largest electric semi-truck fleet. (EV Insider)  

TRANSPORTATION: A Washington state transportation commission urges lawmakers to adopt a per-mile road usage fee to offset a decrease in gasoline tax revenues. (KING5)

COMMENTARY: A California pastor says a state proposal to slash compensation for rooftop solar generation would upend an effort to transition churches to clean energy. (CalMatters)

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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.