CLEAN ENERGY: Arizona regulators vote to repeal the state’s energy efficiency and renewable portfolio standards, saying the market should guide corporations. (12 News)


OIL & GAS: New Mexico Democratic lawmakers introduce legislation urging regulators to study the risks for people living near oil and gas facilities after well-setback language was stripped from another bill. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)

POLLUTION: California officials expect about half of California’s counties to be out of compliance with the new U.S. EPA standards for fine particulate matter, or soot. (Mercury News)


ELECTRIFICATION: California, Colorado and Oregon sign an agreement with six other states to promote electric heat pump sales. (Verge)

TRANSPORTATION: Colorado lawmakers propose overhauling the state’s largest transit agency to better align it with broader housing and climate initiatives. (Daily Camera)



  • A Colorado regulator pushes Xcel Energy to develop a 50 MW virtual power plant with a “prosumer” tariff by the end of this year. (Utility Dive)
  • Some California residents criticize Pacific Gas & Electric and other utilities for failing to restore service for several days after a bomb cyclone storm left hundreds of thousands of households without power. (Mercury News)
  • Tribal nations in Arizona call on state utility regulators to block further construction on the SunZia transmission line in the southern part of the state, saying it will damage cultural sites. (Gila Herald)

NUCLEAR: Industry observers predict a slight uptick in domestic uranium mining could give a proposed advanced nuclear reactor in Wyoming a boost. (Wyoming Public Radio)

MINING: Federal wildlife officials consider extending endangered species protections to a snail found only in springs near the Thacker Pass lithium mine in Nevada. (news release)

CLIMATE: Conservationists challenge the federal government’s 2016 management plan for Glen Canyon Dam, saying it failed to consider climate change’s impacts on water levels and hydropower production. (Courthouse News)

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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.