WIND: The developer of a 3,000 MW wind project in southern Wyoming tells regulators it plans to begin construction this year. (Rawlins Times) 

GRID:
Another “bomb cyclone” slams northern and central California utility lines, leaving more than 100,000 households without power. (Record Searchlight, Associated Press)  
• Heavy winds and high rains in Washington state damage utility equipment and leave more than 18,000 households without power. (MyNorthwest)

STORAGE: Pacific Gas & Electric proposes constructing a grid-scale battery and green hydrogen energy storage system to provide backup power to a northern California city during outages. (Energy Storage News)

UTILITIES: Alaska clean energy advocates criticize Anchorage’s electricity utility for lack of transparency and for appearing to favor hydropower and natural gas generation over solar and wind. (Alaska Beacon)

OIL & GAS:
An oil and gas wastewater underground injection disposal facility opens in the Permian Basin, even though the practice is blamed for two large earthquakes late last year. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)
• Colorado researchers find leaky oil and gas wells, not natural gas stray migration, bear the most responsibility for contaminating groundwater in the northwestern part of the state. (news release)

ELECTRIFICATION: Colorado climate activists urge Denver’s city council to ban natural gas hookups in new construction and otherwise alter the building code to encourage electrification. (Newsbreak)

CLIMATE: Colorado Gov. Jared Polis proposes reducing greenhouse gas emissions by limiting sprawl and encouraging high-density development and walkable, transit-friendly homes. (CPR)

COAL: A Montana coal mine’s former safety manager admits to concealing a 2018 accident that injured a worker from federal regulators. (Billings Gazette)

TRANSITION: Fossil fuel-reliant northwestern New Mexico communities look to pumped hydropower storage projects and hydrogen reactor construction to diversify the economy. (The Journal)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Wyoming businesses install electric vehicle charging stations in an effort to lure more tourists. (Cowboy State Daily)

SOLAR:
• California environmentalists push back against utility-scale solar development on federal lands, equating its impacts with the logging and mining rushes of the 1800s. (KCRW)
The federal Bureau of Land Management begins public hearings on its proposal to expedite solar permitting on public land in 10 Western states. (RFDTV)
The Bureau of Land Management seeks public input on the 600 MW Jove solar project proposed for southwestern Arizona. (news release)

NUCLEAR: Pacific Gas & Electric officials say they have repaired a leak in the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant’s reactor cooling system detected in October. (news release)

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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.