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TRANSPORTATION: Oregon regulators approve a ban on the sale of new gasoline-powered vehicles by 2035, but will allow plug-in hybrid sales. (Oregonian)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
Clark County, Nevada, considers requiring new housing developments to be equipped with electric vehicle charging infrastructure. (KLAS)
Denver, Colorado, officials say the city’s tiered electric bike incentive program that grants larger rebates to low-income residents has reduced recipients’ car trips. (Washington Post)
Colorado finishes installing 16 electric vehicle charging stations at 11 state parks. (Gazette)

LITHIUM: The federal Bureau of Land Management launches the environmental review and a 30-day public input period for the proposed Rhyolite Ridge lithium mine in Nevada. (news release)

GRID:
A magnitude 6.4 earthquake rattles northern California, leaving more than 70,000 households without power. (Associated Press)
• California’s grid operator expands its reach by admitting the proposed TransWest Express line from Wyoming to Nevada as a transmission owner. (RTO Insider, subscription)

UTILITIES: Pacific Gas & Electric proposes raising rates to recover $1.36 billion in wildfire hazard mitigation costs and other disaster-related spending. (Mercury News)

OIL & GAS:
California regulators call for an emergency order to prevent an oil and gas industry-pushed referendum from delaying implementation of a new law banning drilling near homes and schools. (Bakersfield Californian)
Analysts say a medley of state policies will continue to threaten California’s oil and gas industry’s future even if a proposed windfall profit fee on oil companies doesn’t pass. (Politico)

NATURAL GAS: Oregon’s U.S. senators urge federal regulators to deny a proposed natural gas pipeline expansion in the Northwest, saying it would be incompatible with the Biden administration’s climate goals. (KTVZ)

POLLUTION: Colorado environmentalists blast regulators for adopting a new ozone-pollution reduction plan they acknowledge won’t be adequate to meet federal air quality improvement deadlines. (Colorado Newsline)

SOLAR:
Nevada environmentalists and residents push back against utility-scale solar development on federal land, saying it is just the latest effort by outsiders to plunder and liquidate the landscape. (Harpers)
The U.S. Agriculture Department awards $568,938 to ten Washington state farms for solar installations. (NBC Tri-Cities)

GEOTHERMAL: The developer of a proposed volcano geothermal power project in Alaska says it is finalizing negotiations with a Nevada firm to engineer and construct the facility. (KYUK)

COMMENTARY:
A California consumer advocate praises the state’s plan to cut compensation for rooftop solar because it will incentivize residents to install battery storage. (CalMatters)
A California journalist urges San Francisco officials to streamline permitting for residential battery storage installations to allow rooftop solar owners to more easily offset the impacts of net metering rate cuts. (San Francisco Chronicle)

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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.