CLEAN ENERGY: A report on Los Angeles’s clean energy transition finds the city is not adequately investing in electric vehicle chargers, rooftop solar and efficiency improvements for low-income and non-white communities. (Los Angeles Times)

SOLAR: A California program looks to help install 300 MW of rooftop solar capacity on affordable housing complexes across the state by 2030. (Guardian)

WIND: Tribal nations urge the Biden administration to enlarge a proposed marine sanctuary off central California, but industry says that would hamper offshore wind power development. (Politico) 



UTILITIES: New Mexico advocates and residents push back against a proposed road in a national forest that would allow a utility to maintain a power line and do wildfire hazard mitigation. (Santa Fe New Mexican)


GRID: California officials and advocates say a new state law aimed at expediting grid upgrades and new transmission construction will facilitate the clean energy transition and should be a model for other states. (Canary Media)

LITHIUM: A company says its proposed lithium extraction facility could bring hundreds of jobs to an economically depressed southeast Utah town, but advocates worry about water supply impacts. (Deseret News)

COAL: Production decreases at every coal mine in Montana except the supplier for Colstrip power plant as demand for the fuel declines nationally. (Billings Gazette)

BIOFUELS: A Hawaii biomass company files a lawsuit accusing Hawaiian Electric of anticompetitive behavior that kept its $520 million tree-burning power plant from going online. (Honolulu Civil Beat)

CARBON CAPTURE: The University of Wyoming plans to collaborate with a natural gas pipeline company on a fourth carbon capture and sequestration study with federal funding. (County 17)

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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.