COAL: Arizona regulators reject a utility’s proposed coal community transition fund aimed at helping the Navajo Nation weather mine and power plant retirements in the northern part of the state and New Mexico. (NM Political Report)

ALSO:

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: New Mexico regulators approve a utility’s proposed transportation electrification plan calling for $35 million in spending on charging infrastructure and electric vehicle and e-bike incentives. (NM Political Report)

UTILITIES:

POLITICS: Utah lawmakers pass legislation amending state energy policy to prioritize dispatchable power sources, including fossil fuel generation, over clean energy. (Utah News Dispatch)

POLLUTION: A nonprofit finds climate change and wildfire smoke are exacerbating existing pollution in parts of Colorado and other western states, wiping out decades of air quality improvements. (CPR)

SOLAR: The federal Bureau of Land Management seeks public input on proposed revisions to its Western solar plan at a virtual meeting on March 6. (news release)

WIND: Developers of a proposed 120 MW wind facility near Anchorage say it would help fill the energy gap expected to result from a looming natural gas shortage in Alaska. (Anchorage Daily News)

CLIMATE: Wyoming lawmakers and scientists criticize a legislative hearing featuring a national climate change denial organization, saying their rhetoric is misleading and harmful. (Wyoming Public Radio)

GEOTHERMAL:

HYDROPOWER: The Biden administration and four Northwest tribal nations sign an agreement opening the door to breaching four hydropower dams in Washington state to restore fish populations. (Tri-City Herald)

STORAGE: California regulators consider ways to manage grid-scale battery storage’s safety risks. (S&P Global)

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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.