COAL: New Mexico’s Supreme Court affirms regulators’ 2021 decision blocking the state’s largest utility from transferring its share of a coal power plant to a Navajo Nation-owned energy company. (Associated Press)

ALSO: New Mexico officials say they have disbursed $7 million in state energy transition funds so far to workers displaced by the 2022 retirement of the San Juan coal power plant and mine in the northwestern part of the state. (KRQE)

OIL & GAS: Colorado regulators say a petroleum refinery could face hefty fines for repeatedly discharging benzene-tainted water into a Denver-area stream this year. (Colorado Sun)

SOLAR:
A peer-reviewed study finds low-income California residents are more likely to participate in state-subsidized rooftop solar programs if they receive direct referrals from family or friends. (The Hill)  
Colorado researchers find shade cast by agrivoltaic solar arrays can benefit crops in arid regions by reducing water-use and soil evaporation. (PV Magazine)
A Utah water company plans to install a floating solar array on a holding pond to provide power to its treatment plant. (KPCW)

UTILITIES:
A Colorado electric cooperative that recently cut ties with Tri-State Generation and Transmission enters a wholesale power purchase agreement with Guzman Energy. (Denver Post)
Oregon regulators approve wildfire mitigation plans for the state’s three largest investor-owned utilities. (KTVZ)

LITHIUM: Environmentalists push back on a lithium mining company’s plan to do exploratory drilling on the edge of a national wildlife refuge in Nevada, saying it would imperil the fragile ecosystem. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
Large truck manufacturers pledge to comply with California’s ban on sales of new gasoline-powered vehicles by 2036 in exchange for some concessions, lessening the likelihood the industry will challenge the rule. (Associated Press)
A California firm plans to open an all-electric truck stop later this year equipped with 31 charging stations, half of them powered by solar. (Bakersfield Californian)
California Gov. Gavin Newsom announces $450 million to fund zero-emission locomotives, vessels and vehicles at shipping container ports. (RTO Insider, subscription)
California offers $25 million in electric vehicle charging infrastructure incentives. (news release)

NUCLEAR:
The University of Wyoming plans to use federal funds to create a nuclear research core facility for working with radioactive materials. (Wyoming Public Radio)  
Federal regulators reject a company’s bid to loosen cleanup standards at a former uranium mining site in western New Mexico. (Source NM) 

EFFICIENCY: The Nisqually Tribe in Washington state partners with a utility to increase efficiency by upgrading lighting infrastructure across the tribal nation. (Nisqually Valley News)

CLIMATE: Hawaii Gov. Josh Green signs seven climate- and efficiency-related bills into law. (Kauai Now)

COMMENTARY:
A Utah clean energy advocate applauds PacifiCorp’s plan to retire coal plants earlier than expected, but says a proposal to replace them with nuclear reactors is too dangerous and financially risky. (Salt Lake Tribune)
• A Colorado journalist says clean energy-related firms and jobs are flocking to the urban parts of the state while rural, coal-affected areas are left out. (Big Pivots)

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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.