WIND: Montana’s Supreme Court rules against state regulators and NorthWestern Energy for requiring a wind farm developer to pay $267 million to connect to the utility’s grid. (Billings Gazette) 

UTILITIES:
Colorado, Wyoming and New Mexico utilities agree to partial memberships with power wholesaler Tri-State Generation and Transmission, allowing them to acquire up to 50% of their electricity from outside sources. (BizWest)
Oregon advocates argue ratepayers should not have to pay for a utility’s initiative distributing booklets portraying natural gas as a clean fuel to school children. (DeSmog)  

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GRID: California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s plan to shore up the state’s grid includes about $5.2 billion for natural gas generation that would be used only as a last resort. (Canary Media)

OIL & GAS:
The U.S. Interior Department distributes $33 million for plugging and cleaning up orphaned oil and gas wells on public lands in California, Utah and other states. (E&E News)
An environmental group sues the federal government to protect the dunes sagebrush lizard from oil and gas development in the Permian Basin. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)
A Los Angeles advocate receives the Goldman Environmental Prize — or “Green Nobel” — for her decade-long fight against urban oil and gas development. (Business Insider)   
The Biden administration says its cancellation of an Alaska offshore oil lease sale was unrelated to its 2021 leasing pause, and therefore did not violate a related court order. (E&E News, subscription) 

SOLAR:
California is set to launch a pilot project to build solar arrays over irrigation canals to generate power and slow evaporation, with the possibility of expanding statewide. (E&E News, subscription)
Los Angeles County receives a $1 million state grant to install solar arrays on multifamily affordable housing developments. (My News LA)
Global supply chain constraints and inflation test Hawaii’s energy transition by delaying and causing the cancelation of solar and energy storage contracts. (S&P Global)
Oregon renewable energy officials say a federal probe of Asian solar imports is hampering rooftop installations and utility-scale development. (Jefferson Public Radio)
Xcel Energy chooses a company to develop 41 MW of community solar in Colorado for lower-income households. (Renewable Energy World)  

CLEAN ENERGY: A majority of a Utah city’s residents are willing to pay nearly 10% above their current energy costs for renewable power, a survey finds. (Ogden Standard-Examiner)  

TRANSPORTATION: Oregon adds electric bike chargers to the 44 EV charging stations on its portion of the West Coast Electric Highway. (BikePortland) 

MICROGRIDS: The Port of Alaska and Sandia National Laboratories partner to develop a carbon-free microgrid at the Anchorage port. (Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman)

CLIMATE: U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm commits $38 million to convert national laboratories to net zero carbon emissions during a Colorado visit. (The Denver Channel)

COMMENTARY: A Navajo Nation chapter official says hydrogen development will exacerbate the climate crisis and distract from efforts to decarbonize the economy and ensure a just transition. (Santa Fe New Mexican)

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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.