CLEAN ENERGY: Wyoming’s Carbon County — historically a large coal, oil and gas producer — embraces an under-construction 3,000 MW wind power facility and associated transmission project. (Wyoming Public Radio)

A Colorado ski area teams up with an outdoor industry climate advocacy group to lobby for federal legislation aimed at expediting transmission line permitting. (Aspen Daily News)
A federal report finds a handful of Western states lead the nation for the number of solar and wind-related jobs per capita. (Canary Media)

SOLAR: A New Mexico county approves a $275 million industrial revenue bond for a proposed 1,100-acre solar installation that would provide power to a Facebook data center. (Rio Rancho Observer)

UTILITIES: Southern California Edison pays $22 million to settle federal claims that the utility’s equipment sparked the 2016 Rey Fire in southern California.

A trial begins today pitting the developer of a proposed coal export terminal in Oakland, California, against the city and environmentalists looking to block the facility. (Mercury News)
• A New Mexico Supreme Court ruling blocking PNM from transferring its shares of a coal plant to another operator raises questions about the facility’s future. (Albuquerque Journal)

OIL & GAS: Republican U.S. congressmen from Arizona introduce a bill that would void the Biden administration’s ban on new oil and gas leases around Chaco Culture National Historical Park in New Mexico. (KNAU)

ELECTRIFICATION: Colorado regulators advance a proposal to ban gasoline-powered lawn equipment sales in the urban Front Range by 2025. (Greeley Tribune)

A utility industry report predicts the Northwest’s electricity demand will increase by nearly 25% in the coming decade, primarily driven by data centers and semiconductor manufacturing. (OPB)
Near-record high temperatures predicted for the Southwest this week are expected to strain power grids. (Bloomberg)  
The U.S. Energy Department awards California $67 million for power grid upgrades aimed at making the infrastructure more resilient to extreme weather. (Bay City News) 

BATTERIES: San Diego Gas & Electric brings 171 MW of battery energy storage installations online in southern California. (Energy Storage News)

MICROGRIDS: San Diego begins construction on the first of eight planned microgrids aimed at reducing costs, greenhouse gas emissions and outages. (Fox 5)

CRITICAL MINERALS: The Biden administration says it will issue a fast-tracked permitting decision by September 2026 for a proposed zinc and manganese mine in southern Arizona. (Tucson Sentinel)

COMMENTARY: A California editorial board says a new all-electric subdivision equipped with solar-plus-storage “offers a glimpse of the zero-emission future we should be hurtling toward.(Los Angeles Times)

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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.