CLEAN ENERGY: A poll finds a majority of California registered voters would be comfortable with utility-scale wind and solar facilities sited near their communities, while only 42% would be okay living near high-voltage transmission lines. (Los Angeles Times)

ALSO: Arizona’s two regulated power utilities plan to add a combined 8,200 MW of clean energy capacity, 3,300 MW of grid-scale storage and at least 400 MW of natural gas generation over the next 15 years. (Utility Dive)

SOLAR: A developer begins construction on a 377 MW solar facility with 300 MW of battery storage near Phoenix, Arizona. (PV Magazine)


TRANSMISSION: The Tohono O’odham Nation’s chairman calls on the Biden administration to halt construction on a segment of the SunZia transmission line in southern Arizona, saying it could harm cultural sites. (Arizona Daily Star) 


BATTERIES: A company begins producing nano-silicon battery anodes for electric vehicles at its Provo, Utah, facility. (EV Report)

CRYPTOCURRENCY: A company begins mining bitcoin using electricity generated from methane siphoned off a Utah landfill. (Coin Telegraph)


  • A federal judge rejects environmentalists’ bid to block federal drilling permits for 4,366 oil and gas wells in the Permian and Powder River Basins of New Mexico and Wyoming. (Bloomberg Law, subscription) 
  • A federal judge rejects California fishermen’s bid to move a lawsuit against the oil industry to a state court. (E&E News, subscription)


HYDROGEN: The nation’s largest green hydrogen production facility begins operations in Fresno, California. (ETN)  


CLIMATE: Washington officials look to link the state’s carbon pricing program with Quebec’s, saying it would stabilize and lower prices. (Crosscut)

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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.