CLEAN ENERGY: Avangrid and the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority look to develop up to 1,000 MW of solar, wind and battery storage facilities on the Navajo Nation. (Albuquerque Journal)

Alaska lawmakers consider creating an energy independence fund to finance sustainable energy development and efficiency projects. (Daily News-Miner)
Colorado officials hope a planned business and research park adjacent to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory will accelerate the national transition to clean energy. (Denver Post)

Montana lawmakers pass legislation banning the evaluation of greenhouse gas emissions and their climate impacts in an effort to nullify a court order halting a natural gas power plant’s construction. (Montana Standard)
Nevada environmental advocates oppose a utility’s proposed ratepayer-funded $3 billion natural gas pipeline replacement project, saying it would prolong the use of fossil fuels. (Public News Service)

OIL & GAS: A Colorado county’s officials question state data supporting a directive requiring oil and gas producers to reduce ozone-forming emissions, saying the numbers are based on faulty monitor readings. (Greeley Tribune) 

Demand for power from the Colstrip coal plant in Montana continues to climb even as developers build wind and solar facilities nearby. (Missoulian)
Navajo Nation advocates and health officials say many retired Navajo coal miners have black lung disease but face barriers to accessing federal benefits. (KSUT)
Colorado launches an effort to investigate and extinguish an underground abandoned coal mine fire near Boulder that may have sparked the destructive 2021 Marshall blaze. (9News)

An Arizona city’s residents are set to vote on a proposal to add a resilience fee to electric utility bills to pay to bury power lines and fund efforts to fight climate change. (Arizona Daily Star)    
California advocates say utilities’ proposals to comply with a new state law by adopting income-based fees will not significantly reduce low-income customers’ bills. (San Francisco Chronicle)
A Colorado municipal utility says it saved customers $2.1 million in five months after joining the Southwest Power Pool’s energy imbalance market. (FOX21)

Private firms invest millions of dollars to build out electric vehicle charging infrastructure at California shipping ports. (Reuters)
Oregon transportation officials say the state will need to extensively build out its electric vehicle charging network to meet the Biden administration’s new auto pollution reduction targets. (KATU)

TRANSPORTATION: San Francisco leaders call for more protected bike lanes after a motorist struck and killed an elite cyclist, the city’s 34th bicyclist fatality since 2010. (San Francisco Chronicle)

BIOFUELS: An Alaska city receives more than $600,000 in federal rural energy funds to support a biomass-fueled district heating system. (Biomass Magazine)

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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.