HYDROPOWER: Washington state tribal nations urge state regulators to reject a proposed pumped hydropower storage facility along the Columbia River, saying it would destroy sacred sites and violate hunting and fishing treaty rights. (Underscore News)

Gwich’in Nation leaders condemn the U.S. Senate for omitting a ban on drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from the proposed congressional climate bill, saying it undermines meaningful climate action. (Alaska Native News) 
Wyoming officials say a recently discovered 993 million barrel oilfield in the central part of the state will generate significant revenues if it is permitted and developed. (Cowboy State Daily)   
• Corporate earning reports show oil and gas companies operating in Colorado are funneling high profits to shareholders while limiting investment in new drilling. (Colorado Newsline)
Analysts say federal oil and gas leasing requirements in the proposed congressional climate bill would have a negligible impact on emissions and are outweighed by reductions from the bill’s clean energy provisions. (E&E News)

A mining company attempts to buy an entire community in northwest New Mexico to avoid cleaning up contamination left by decades of uranium milling. (ProPublica)
California environmentalists butt heads with Gov. Gavin Newsom — and some climate advocates — over a proposal to keep the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant running beyond its planned 2025 retirement date. (Associated Press)    

MICROGRIDS: California clean energy advocates urge regulators to quickly implement a $200 million microgrid incentive program established last year. (Microgrid Knowledge)

WIND: Berkshire Hathaway Energy is set to acquire three Montana wind power facilities totaling 399 MW. (Billings Gazette)

GRID: A renewable energy firm seeks federal rate approval for two planned transmission lines in New Mexico that would carry power from a 680 MW wind facility proposed for the eastern part of the state. (Utility Dive)

A renewable energy developer proposes constructing a 96 MW solar power facility on private land near Santa Fe, New Mexico. (Santa Fe New Mexican)
California lawmakers consider a bill that would expand access to community solar projects for renters and low-income homeowners. (Silicon Valley Business Journal)  
Developers bring a 457 MW solar-plus-storage facility on public land in southern California online. (news release)  

An Oregon utility proposes producing hydrogen and blending it with natural gas in pipelines in Eugene, where leaders are considering a ban on natural gas hookups. (Register-Guard)
The developers of a proposed underground green hydrogen storage project in Utah hire a firm to build the facility, clearing the way for construction to begin. (Construction Review Online)

CLIMATE: San Diego, California, officials say the proposed congressional climate bill would help the city reach its emissions reduction goals by funding electric vehicle charger construction and clean energy innovation. (San Diego Union-Tribune)

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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.