STORAGE: Xcel Energy plans to build a football-field-sized, 10 MW iron-air battery storage installation near the Comanche coal power plant in Colorado. (Colorado Sun)

A Utah company applies to federal regulators for a license for its proposed 900 MW pumped hydropower storage project in southern Wyoming. (Power)
NV Energy seeks proposals for large-scale dispatchable energy and energy storage projects. (Energy Storage News)
A California startup begins manufacturing thermophotovoltaic cells that convert heat to electricity for energy storage applications at its Sunnyvale facility. (PV Magazine)

Sponsored Link
Fresh Energy seeks an executive director
Fresh Energy, a Minnesota-based clean energy and climate policy nonprofit with regional impact and national influence, is seeking a charismatic and inspirational leader to serve as its next Executive Director. 

• Wyoming lawmakers advance a bill that would repeal mandatory net metering payments for rooftop solar power generation. (WyoFile)
• The 120 MW Jackpot Solar project, Idaho’s largest, goes into commercial operation. (news release)

The oil and gas industry petitions the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a 2022 ruling upholding a ban on new unconventional offshore drilling and hydraulic fracturing off the California coast. (E&E News)
The federal Bureau of Land Management agrees to conduct additional environmental and historical analyses of 32 oil and gas leases in southeastern Utah to settle a conservation group’s legal challenge. (Bloomberg Law, subscription)  
A watchdog group finds oil refineries release billions of pounds of pollution annually into waterways nationwide, with especially high concentrations in California, the Gulf Coast and Chicago. (NPR)
• An analysis commissioned by conservation groups finds oil and gas companies operating on federal and tribal lands lost $500 million worth of methane — or natural gas — in 2019 through flaring, venting and leaks. (news release)

UTILITIES: Arizona environmental justice advocates applaud a court’s ruling upholding regulators’ rejection of Salt River Project’s proposed natural gas plant expansion in a historically Black community. (KJZZ)

Southwest Colorado and Navajo Nation residents who heat with coal struggle to find fuel sources after a local mine’s production drops. (Durango Telegraph)
Coal producer Peabody donates $500,000 to a University of Wyoming program researching carbon capture and non-combustion applications for coal. (Wyoming Public Radio)

New Mexico lawmakers vote to advance a bill that would block a proposed interim spent nuclear reactor fuel repository in the southeastern part of the state. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)
California startup Oklo asks federal regulators to approve a license for a proposed nuclear fuel recycling facility. (EcoWatch)

Oregon lawmakers consider a bill that would offer up to $1,700 instant rebates for electric bicycle purchases. (BikePortland)
California regulators plan to establish regulations that would evaluate the reliability and availability of public electric vehicle charging stations. (Teslarati)
• LG Energy Solution says it is in “active discussions” to supply batteries from its proposed Arizona manufacturing facility to Tesla and other electric vehicle companies. (Reuters)  

• Some northern California residents remain without power more than two weeks after storms toppled trees into utility equipment and caused widespread outages. (East Bay Times)
Arizona lawmakers consider a bill that would increase penalties for damaging utility infrastructure. (AZ Mirror)

CLEAN ENERGY: Oregon regulators tighten oversight of a state clean fuels program after an entrepreneur fraudulently obtains $1.8 million worth of carbon credits. (Oregon Capital Chronicle)

COMMENTARY: A journalist argues covering big box stores and parking lots with solar panels would avoid the need to build utility-scale installations on Western public lands. (High Country News)

More from the Energy News Network: Midwest | Southeast | Northeast | West

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.