CLEAN ENERGY: Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signs several bills aimed at fighting climate change, including one streamlining energy permitting, just days after announcing he will not seek re-election in 2024. (KOMO, Washington Post)

ALSO: Alaska lawmakers make permanent a soon-to-expire renewable energy project grant program that has distributed $300 million so far. (Fairbanks News-Miner)

Nevada’s consumer protection bureau urges federal regulators to reconsider allowing NV Energy to seek rate hikes to recoup costs for its $2.5 billion Greenlink transmission project. (Nevada Current)
San Francisco leaders call on Pacific Gas & Electric to address a spate of recent power outages, saying the utility has failed to provide adequate information during the incidents. (news release)

Washington state lawmakers approve a $13.4 billion transportation budget — the first using revenues from its carbon cap-and-invest program — that includes funding for electric vehicles and ferries and public transit. (Governing)
San Diego, California’s metropolitan transit agency secures $60 million in state funding to beef up its electric bus fleet and maintain its trolley system. (San Diego Union-Tribune)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Tesla plans to establish a parts and assembly plant in Marysville, Washington. (The Registry)

TRANSITION: New Mexico begins accepting applications for Energy Transition Act funds to financially support workers displaced by last year’s San Juan coal plant and mine closures. (Farmington Daily-Times)

OIL & GAS: Alaska lawmakers consider a bill that would extend the state’s corporate income tax to non-publicly traded companies, including oil and gas company Hilcorp, that are currently exempt. (KDLL)

WIND: U.S. Sen. Jim Risch, an Idaho Republican, urges Interior Secretary Deb Haaland to deny the proposed Lava Ridge wind facility in the southern part of the state. (Times-News)

A Utah school district votes to offer a developer a 50% property tax break for 20 years to finance construction of a proposed 300 MW solar installation. (Chronicle-Progress)
A Washington state utility plans to build a community solar project at a port industrial park on the Columbia River. (Columbian)

STORAGE: Xcel Energy receives a $20 million grant for iron-air battery energy storage projects, including one at the Comanche coal plant site in Colorado.
(Energy Storage News)

NUCLEAR: Legal experts say New Mexico must prove a new law barring nuclear waste storage facilities is not based on safety concerns, which is the purview of federal regulators, to survive future challenges. (Searchlight New Mexico)

Edison International’s CEO urges state lawmakers to pass a bill that would allow California’s grid operator to become a regional transmission organization. (Utility Dive)
Arizona’s largest utilities tell regulators they’ve hardened their grids and taken other measures to prepare for extreme weather, wildfires and sabotage. (12 News) 

POLITICS: U.S. Rep. Harriet Hageman, a Wyoming Republican, is selected co-chair of the House Coal Caucus, a group of 33 pro-fossil fuel congress members. (Cowboy State Daily)

CRITICAL MINERALS: A company unearths a large rare earth elements deposit at its metallurgical coal mine in northern Wyoming. (Casper Star-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.