COAL: In a Wyoming legislative session focused largely on propping up the state’s coal industry, there has been “lots of talk and honestly not a whole lot to show for it,” according to one observer. (WyoFile)

ALSO: Officials in a Colorado county facing a coal plant closure say their top priority is to revive the site with another form of power generation. (Craig Daily Press)

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GRID: Nevada’s largest utility has plans for more clean energy and storage, but is banking on natural gas for short-term reliability — a plan facing pushback from advocates and at least one major customer. (Nevada Independent)

CLEAN ENERGY:
• California regulators update a 2021 clean energy procurement order to require 4,000 MW of additional clean energy capacity by 2027, in response to a forecast showing demand increasing faster than anticipated. (Courthouse News Service)
• A bipartisan Oregon bill would create a “one-stop shop” to help citizens take advantage of new incentives under the federal Inflation Reduction Act. (Portland Business Journal, subscription)
• A New Mexico bill would make the state’s Office of Renewable Energy a permanent entity. (Carlsbad Current Argus)

WIND: The Biden Administration plans a 20-month study to explore floating wind farms off the West Coast, where deep water makes conventional wind turbines prohibitive to build. (E&E News)

SOLAR:
• Wyoming lawmakers reject a bill that would have created a $1 per MWh tax on commercial solar, similar to one recently imposed on wind farms. (Casper Star Tribune)
• Federal data shows California still leads the country in utility-scale solar, but Texas is quickly catching up. (Canary Media)

HYDROPOWER:
• Western hydropower production increased 13% in 2022 thanks to increased precipitation, after falling to a 20-year low in 2021. (KUOW)
• New Mexico lawmakers are warned the state must prepare for prolonged low water levels on Utah’s Lake Powell, which supplies hydropower to the state. (NM Political Report)

UTILITIES: A bill in New Mexico to allow local governments to procure their own energy sources has drawn heated debate, but examples from other states can offer some clarity. (Albuquerque Journal)

POLICY: Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy announces a new task force to develop a state energy plan that will “reduce Alaska’s vulnerability to fluctuating energy markets.” (Alaska Beacon)

CLIMATE: Extreme heat poses new threats to the Northwest’s forests that researchers are still working to understand. (High Country News)

COMMENTARY:
• Advocates say New Mexico’s new rules on natural gas venting and flaring aren’t working as intended due to a lack of enforcement staff and other loopholes. (Earthworks)
• Saying “fighting the feds is in our DNA,” Idaho’s governor says the Bureau of Land Management will need to build local community support for a planned wind farm in the southern part of the state. (news release)

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Ken is the director of the Energy News Network at Fresh Energy and is a founding editor of both Midwest Energy News and Southeast Energy News. Prior to joining Fresh Energy, he was the managing editor for online news at Minnesota Public Radio. He started his journalism career in 2002 as a copy editor for the Duluth News Tribune before spending five years at the Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington, where he worked as a copy editor, online producer, features editor and night city editor. A Nebraska native, Ken has a bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a master's degree from the University of Oregon. He is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors.