HYDROPOWER: A report commissioned by Washington state Democratic leaders finds four fish-harming hydropower dams should not be removed until their electricity generating capacity is replaced. (Spokesman-Review)

ALSO: An Xcel Energy proposal to construct a pumped hydropower storage facility in western Colorado draws opposition from nearby landowners. (Grand Junction Sentinel)

OIL & GAS:
More than 2 million Californians, mostly poor people of color, live within one mile of an oil and gas well, putting them at risk of suffering related health problems. (Inside Climate News)
A recently finalized federal biological assessment of ConocoPhillips’ proposed Willow oil and gas project in Alaska indicates the Biden administration is leaning toward approving the controversial plan. (E&E News, subscription)   
• New Mexico receives $25 million in federal infrastructure funds to plug and reclaim 200 orphaned oil and gas wells in the Permian and San Juan Basins. (KOB4)
Cryptocurrency mining operations on Colorado oil and gas well sites use waste natural gas to generate power while helping companies comply with state methane emissions limits. (Colorado Sun)  

CARBON CAPTURE: The federal Bureau of Land Management approves the first carbon dioxide sequestration project on public land at an ExxonMobil natural gas field in Wyoming. (Billings Gazette)

WIND:
An investigation finds an incident in which an Oregon wind turbine lost one of its blades is part of a wider pattern of maintenance problems and equipment failures at the PGE wind facility. (Oregonian)
Indigenous and environmental groups urge the Biden administration to establish the Avi Kwa Ame National Monument on southwestern Nevada land targeted by wind power developers. (Los Angeles Times)

SOLAR: An Arizona startup partners with university researchers to develop economically feasible methods of repurposing and recycling old solar panels. (Arizona Daily Sun) 

STORAGE:
A startup selects a contractor to design a 500 MW compressed air energy storage facility in California. (PV Magazine)  
Xcel Energy begins testing a liquid metal battery at a solar research laboratory in Colorado. (Energy Storage News)  

ELECTRIFICATION: Colorado and Xcel Energy offer incentives to replace the 1,100 homes destroyed in last year’s Marshall Fire with all-electric, energy efficient structures. (E&E News, subscription)  

TRANSPORTATION:
A California port plans to replace its medium- and heavy-duty truck fleet with hydrogen-powered vehicles by 2035. (CBSLA)
Business owners in a California city worry about losing parking spaces to a proposed 14-unit electric vehicle charging station. (Monterey Herald) 

NUCLEAR: Water sampling finds elevated levels of a radioactive isotope in ocean water near the shuttered San Onofre nuclear power plant in California, but in concentrations well within legal drinking water limits. (San Diego Union-Tribune) 

GEOTHERMAL: A Utah startup maps potential geothermal energy output to guide potential developers. (Bloomberg)

COMMENTARY: A New Mexico public health expert urges the oil and gas industry to work with regulators to improve the state’s deteriorating air quality. (Las Cruces Sun-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.