PUBLIC LANDS: President Biden plans to designate the Avi Kwa Ame National Monument in southern Nevada today, permanently blocking a proposed 400 MW wind power facility and other energy development on 450,000 acres of federal land. (E&E News)

California lawmakers propose establishing an independent watchdog group tasked with monitoring oil company profits and preventing gasoline price gouging. (Fox 5)
Alaska industry observers predict ConocoPhillips’ Willow oil and gas project’s approval will open the door to further drilling on an additional 200 leases in the area. (Anchorage Daily News)
Hawaii health officials say residents who consumed water contaminated by jet fuel leaking from a U.S. Navy facility in 2021 were also exposed to antifreeze. (Honolulu Star-Advertiser, subscription)

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• A Colorado town’s bid to implement efficiency- and electrification-friendly building codes falters after a natural gas utility launches an opposition campaign. (High Country News)       
Administers of an Oregon electric heat pump installation incentive program say supply chain constraints and labor shortages have delayed its implementation. (Oregon Capital Chronicle)

GRID: Oregon’s Supreme Court upholds the state’s approval of a proposed 290-mile high-voltage transmission line that would cross the eastern part of the state. (Boise State Public Radio)

• A scandal-plagued southern California community choice power authority looks to improve its operating practices after founding member cities threaten to exit the program. (Los Angeles Times)
U.S. lawmakers from California introduce legislation that would exempt wildfire victims’ compensation from federal income taxes. (Forbes)

SOLAR: The federal Bureau of Land Management studies a proposal to construct a 500 MW solar facility on 5,000 acres in southern Nevada. (E&E News, subscription)

• California energy analysts say a large-scale buildout of high-voltage transmission infrastructure is needed in the northern part of the state to accommodate proposed offshore wind development. (Lost Coast Outpost)
Japanese Americans in the Northwest protest a proposed wind facility in southern Idaho, saying the turbines would threaten a World War II incarceration camp historic site’s sanctity. (Crosscut)

CARBON CAPTURE: Some Colorado advocates push back on state legislation that would encourage carbon capture and sequestration, citing safety and feasibility concerns. (Big Pivots)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: An Oregon city begins offering low-income residents $2,000 rebates on electric bicycle purchases. (KTVZ)

NUCLEAR: A Navajo Nation community calls on federal officials to finish cleaning up a uranium mine that last produced ore in the 1960s. (Arizona Republic)

LITHIUM: California Gov. Gavin Newsom says an effort to extract lithium from geothermal brine at the Salton Sea will bring needed jobs while preserving the environment. (Desert Sun)

COMMENTARY: A reporter takes a Ford F-150 Lightning on a 2,888-mile road trip across the Northwest U.S., finding the reliability and availability of chargers hasn’t changed much since a bigger trip in 2019. (E&E News)

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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.