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WIND: The 750 MW Clearwater wind facility — Montana’s largest — begins delivering power to a Washington state utility. (Billings Gazette) 

COAL:
A national railroad union prepares to go on strike after contract negotiations break down, which could force Powder River Basin coal mines to curtail production or shut down. (Casper Star-Tribune)
Navajo Nation advocates say Peabody Energy has failed to adequately and expeditiously reclaim the shuttered Black Mesa coal mines in Arizona. (KNAU)

OIL & GAS:
Oregon advocates call on Portland leaders to rescind Zenith Energy’s permit to operate a petroleum storage facility in the northwestern part of the city. (Portland Mercury)
The federal Bureau of Land Management seeks public input on 53 proposed oil and gas leases covering about 95,000 acres in Utah and Nevada.  (news release)

NATURAL GAS:
Northwest conservationists say federal regulators’ environmental analysis of a natural gas pipeline expansion fails to address increased upstream methane emissions from drilling. (Associated Press)  
Colorado environmentalists and consumer advocates oppose Xcel Energy’s plan to expand its natural gas distribution system to serve new homes in the Denver area. (Colorado Sun)
An energy company plans to expand its natural gas storage facility in Wyoming to meet growing demand in Western states. (Natural Gas Intelligence)

GRID:
Clean energy advocates call on utilities and states to speed up Western grid integration and establish a regional power market to facilitate the flow of wind- and solar-produced electricity from state to state. (E&E News)  
A transformer fire leaves about 22,156 households without power in eastern Nevada. (Nevada Appeal)

SOLAR: California utilities say a pared back proposal to slash compensation for rooftop solar does not adequately address the subsidy’s cost to ratepayers, but the solar industry says the still-too-deep cuts will hamper residential adoption. (Bloomberg)      

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
Arizona regulators approve a utility’s proposed rate plan that incentivizes electric vehicle charging when solar output is at its highest. (news release)
A California city looks to boost electric vehicle adoption in underserved neighborhoods by installing chargers in public places and implementing incentives. (San Jose Spotlight) 

UTILITIES: A Washington city receives $1.8 million in state funds to help about 2,100 residents cover utility bills that went unpaid during the pandemic. (Center Square)

CLIMATE: The South Los Angeles collaborative Eco-Lab receives a $35 million state grant for climate-related infrastructure projects. (City News Service)   

CARBON CAPTURE: Wyoming seeks input from potential partners in its plan to establish a direct air carbon capture hub in the state. (news release)

COMMENTARY: A Wyoming rancher calls on federal regulators to increase oil and gas reclamation bonds to ensure the industry — not the taxpayers — foot the bill for cleaning up their mess. (WyoFile)

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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.