ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Tesla is expected to announce today it plans to build a $3.5 billion electric semi truck manufacturing facility in northern Nevada. (InsideEVs)

WIND:
• The federal Bureau of Land Management proposes reducing the number of turbines at a proposed wind power facility in Idaho to mitigate impacts to the Minidoka National Historic Site. (Boise State Public Radio)
• A Washington state lawmaker proposes a bill that would limit wind turbine light-flashing at night. (NWNews)

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CLEAN ENERGY:
Researchers at an Idaho repository of birds and bats killed by wind and solar facilities work to mitigate clean energy’s impacts on wildlife. (Undark)
The world already has 95% of the technology it needs to acquire all of its energy from wind, solar and hydropower, a Stanford University professor says. (Guardian)  

SOLAR:
A New Mexico lawmaker introduces a bill that would require all new homes to include solar panels and electric vehicle charging stations. (KRQE)
Federal Bureau of Land Management officials seek public comment on a proposal to expand the agency’s Western Solar Plan into Montana and other northwestern states. (Missoulian) 

UTILITIES:
California regulators consider requiring utilities to procure 4 GW of new capacity to ensure grid reliability as demand increases, the climate warms and fossil fuel plants retire. (Utility Dive)
An insurance company joins a lawsuit alleging Xcel Energy’s equipment sparked the 2021 Marshall Fire in Colorado that destroyed 1,000 homes, but investigators have yet to determine the cause. (CBS Colorado)
A southern California community choice energy program approves rates that are 3% lower than those offered by San Diego Gas & Electric. (San Diego Union-Tribune)
• A southern California city’s officials say backing out of a 100% renewable energy plan with a community choice power authority will save it more than $200,000 annually. (ABC 4) 

URANIUM: A mining company announces plans to construct a uranium, vanadium and cobalt processing facility in an undisclosed Utah location.  (news release) 

OIL & GAS:
New Mexico conservationists sue the Biden administration over its 2021 approval of nearly 6,000 acres of oil and gas leases in the Permian Basin.
(The Paper)
A majority-Latino community in California grapples with water shortages and contamination as nearby oil and gas facilities continue to guzzle water without restrictions. (Guardian) 

CARBON CAPTURE: Pipeline operator KinderMorgan partners with a Southern Ute Indian Tribe-owned company to capture and pipe carbon from natural gas facilities in Colorado to the Permian Basin. (Carbon Herald) 

BIOFUELS: A startup proposes constructing a facility to process canola oil into biodiesel for agricultural operations in Washington state. (Pullman Radio)  

TRANSPORTATION: Nevada Gov. Joe Lombardo proposes suspending the state’s gasoline tax for a year. (Associated Press)

COAL: Wyoming’s coal industry says rail service bottlenecks forced mines to curtail about 50 million tons of production last year, costing the state up to $100 million in severance tax revenue. (Cowboy State Daily) 

COMMENTARY: A California editorial board says rising utility bills are a reminder that phasing out natural gas appliances will not only help the environment, but will also save consumers money. (Los Angeles Times)

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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.