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UTILITIES: NV Energy proposes spending $827 million to meet growing power demand by constructing energy storage, transmission, geothermal facilities and 440 MW of natural gas generation. (Las Vegas Review Journal)

ALSO: Arizona Public Service Co. proposes a $20 monthly per-customer rate hike to cover rising natural gas costs. (Arizona Republic)

OIL & GAS: A 5.4 magnitude earthquake shakes the Permian Basin where oil and gas wastewater injection has coincided with an increase in seismic activity. (Houston Chronicle)

GRID:
Some Arizona residents and environmentalists continue to battle the planned SunZia transmission line that would carry wind power from New Mexico, calling it an “ecological travesty.” (Arizona Daily Star)
• A substation transformer outage in southwestern Colorado leaves 1,400 customers without power and shuts down a ski area’s lifts for several hours. (Durango Herald)

SOLAR:
An Alaska electricity cooperative proposes establishing the state’s first community solar project by allowing customers to invest in an existing installation. (KUAC) 
A 400 MW solar installation planned for private land in southern Oregon is expected to generate $28 million in property tax revenue for rural Lake County. (The Bulletin)
• The owners of land on which a proposed solar project in southwestern Colorado would sit rebut opponents’ claims it will displace wildlife and agricultural uses. (Durango Herald)

NATURAL GAS: A New Mexico utility proposes constructing a $180 million liquid natural gas storage facility aimed at mitigating fuel price fluctuations. (Albuquerque Journal)

ELECTRIFICATION: Milwaukie, Oregon’s city council votes to ban natural gas hookups in new construction and begin phasing the fuel out of city-owned buildings. (KGW8)

HYDROGEN: California regulators advance Southern California Gas’ proposed green hydrogen pipeline system that would serve Los Angeles. (Affordable Housing Finance)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: PepsiCo plans to use state and federal subsidies to purchase 100 Tesla electric semi-trucks for its California fleet by next year. (Reuters)

CRITICAL MINERALS: Idaho conservationists cautiously support a new cobalt mine in the central part of the state, acknowledging the mineral’s importance in electric vehicle batteries. (Idaho Statesman)

GEOTHERMAL: Chevron says it is considering developing a geothermal power facility at an undisclosed location in Nevada. (UPI)

COAL:
Powder River Basin coal producers say railroad bottlenecks have hampered shipments to power plants and forced utilities to curtail generation. (WyoFile)
Colorado residents push back against plans to monitor and mitigate methane seeps from abandoned coal mines, saying the environmental costs outweigh the climate benefits. (Aspen Times)

CARBON CAPTURE: Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy proposes a plan aimed at monetizing carbon sequestration in forests and geologic reservoirs. (KTOO) 

NUCLEAR: The U.S. Energy Department awards a contract to Colorado-based Energy Fuels to supply uranium to a new national uranium reserve. (World Nuclear News) 

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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.