OIL & GAS: Shipping companies accused of rupturing an oil pipeline off the southern California coast and sending 25,000 gallons of crude into the Pacific Ocean in 2021 agree to pay $45 million to settle lawsuits brought by residents and businesses. (Los Angeles Times)

ALSO: New Mexico lawmakers introduce a bill that would create a state agency dedicated to transitioning the state’s economy away from dependence on oil and gas jobs and revenue. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)

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BATTERIES: Nevada electric vehicle battery recycling firm Redwood Materials lands a $2 billion clean energy loan from the U.S. Energy Department, as state leaders envision a “lithium loop” economic boom. (Associated Press, E&E News)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A New Mexico lawmaker introduces a bill that would require 75% of vehicles purchased by the state to be electric, including police cars. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)

Washington state lawmakers propose a bill that would block utilities from shutting off customers’ power for non-payment during heat waves. (KING 5)
New Mexico lawmakers advance a contentious energy choice bill that would allow local governments to launch publicly owned utilities. (Albuquerque Journal)  
Nevada lawmakers grill utility executives over frequent power outages during last month’s storms and rising natural gas and power bills. (KLAS)
Colorado regulators consider ways to reduce skyrocketing utility bills, including driving down base rates and expanding access to energy assistance programs. (Colorado Sun)
U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette, a Colorado Democrat, introduces legislation that would increase funding for a federal low-income utility bill assistance program. (news release)

California Tesla Powerwall owners enrolled in a virtual power plant program report earning up to $500 from sending power back to the grid last year. (Electrek)  
Utility officials say a southern Nevada city’s ban on evaporative cooling in new buildings to reduce water consumption may result in increased energy use. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Colorado rural electricity cooperatives receive $48.5 million in federal loans to modernize and secure their power grids. (Kiowa County Press)

ELECTRIFICATION: Officials in a Portland suburb propose banning natural gas hookups in new construction, citing the fuel’s adverse health and climate impacts. (KOIN)

Washington state energy officials are poised to recommend approval of two controversial 80 MW solar projects proposed for the southern part of the state. (Yakima Herald)
California Gov. Gavin Newsom proposes legislation that would protect the western Joshua tree and potentially affect future solar projects in the Mojave Desert. (Associated Press)
Lightsource bp begins commercial operation of its 293 MW Sun Mountain solar installation in southern Colorado. (T&D World)   
A developer plans to donate all of the power from a proposed 2.5 MW solar project in western Colorado to income-qualifying families. (Daily Sentinel) 

COAL: Wyoming lawmakers advance a bill that would build on existing laws requiring utilities to retrofit retiring coal power plants with carbon capture equipment to extend their lives. (Casper Star-Tribune)

HYDROPOWER: Developers advance two proposed pumped hydropower energy storage projects in Colorado. (Fresh Water News)

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Colorado launches an energy-efficiency training program for cannabis cultivators. (MJBizDaily)
Colorado lawmakers introduce a bill that would block the sale of inefficient ovens, water heaters, gas fireplaces and light bulbs. (Daily Camera)

COMMENTARY: An Oregon advocate condemns utility NW Natural for using tobacco industry strategies to fight local governments’ natural gas hookup bans. (Oregon Capital Chronicle)

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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.