TRANSMISSION: Construction begins on the TransWest Express transmission project that will move electricity from the 3,000 MW Chokecherry and Sierra Madre wind facilities in Wyoming to southern California. (Associated Press)

Arizona regulators are set to reconsider Salt River Project’s proposed natural gas plant expansion in a historically Black community after the utility agrees to invest over $23 million in environmental mitigation and local projects. (Arizona Capitol Times) 
A jury’s verdict finding PacifiCorp liable for millions of dollars of damages from 2020 blazes in Oregon prompts other utilities to step up fire prevention efforts. (OPB)   
An Oregon citizens utility board preemptively opposes PacifiCorp’s potential request for a rate hike to pay for damages from 2020 wildfires. (KOIN)

A southern California amusement park plans to build a 12 MW solar carport with battery storage that will offset 100% of the park’s energy use. (Los Angeles Daily News)
U.S. lawmakers from Oregon and New Mexico sponsor bills that would encourage development of agrivoltaics, or integrating solar installations with agricultural uses. (Canary Media)

GRID: California lawmakers advance bills aimed at speeding up grid interconnections for residential solar and storage and electrification. (Inside Climate News)

STORAGE: A state-commissioned study finds California’s energy storage portfolio could yield net grid benefits of up to $1.6 billion annually by 2032. (Utility Dive)

BATTERIES: A California company says it has developed liquefied gas electrolyte technology to make batteries lighter and more temperature resilient and environmentally friendly. (KFMB)

POLLUTION: Utah leaders launch a legal challenge to proposed U.S. EPA regulations targeting power plant pollution that drifts into neighboring states. (Salt Lake Tribune, subscription)

TRANSPORTATION: Construction is nearly complete at an Arizona planned community that devotes no space to parking and where personal cars will be banned. (Yahoo) 

A pair of earthquakes shake an area in southern Colorado where studies have linked seismic activity to oil and gas wastewater injection wells. (Denver Post)
A group of scientists calls on California Gov. Gavin Newsom to stop permitting new oil and gas drilling, especially in residential neighborhoods. (Common Dreams) 

PUBLIC LANDS: The federal Bureau of Land Management extends the comment period for a proposed public lands rule following opposition from the oil and gas industry and Republican lawmakers. (WyoFile)

COAL: California’s attorney general and other Western state officials urge the Biden administration to consider the full social and environmental impacts of the federal coal leasing program. (news release)

COMMENTARY: An energy analyst calls on California and other Western states to establish a regional grid operator to expand access to clean energy, reduce costs and avoid outages. (CalMatters) 

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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.