SOLAR: Analysts say most solar projects awaiting connection to the Western grid are hybrid installations paired with battery storage or wind facilities as California’s solar “duck curve” grows more pronounced. (Utility Dive)

ALSO:

  • California’s clean energy industry, unions and consumer advocates work together to reform the state’s community solar program to equitably expand renewable energy access. (Solar Power World)
  • A northern California county votes to delay its decision on a proposed 25 MW floating solar facility on a sanitation district’s ponds after some residents and labor groups oppose it. (Press Democrat)
  • An Arizona county’s leaders worry development facilitated by the federal Bureau of Land Management’s proposed Western solar plan could disrupt other public land uses such as grazing and recreation. (Today’s News-Herald, subscription) 
  • A small California city breaks ground on a 1 MW solar installation to power a wastewater treatment plant. (news release)

CLEAN ENERGY: A New Mexico nonprofit launches a climate investment bank designed to finance clean energy projects benefiting low-income, disadvantaged and tribal communities. (Albuquerque Journal)

OIL & GAS:

COAL:

  • Navajo Nation advocates welcome the U.S. EPA’s new rules requiring power plants to clean up coal ash and other solid combustion waste, saying they will help heal historic wounds inflicted by the industry. (Atmos)
  • Wyoming lawmakers consider following Utah’s model of declaring energy independence and acquiring coal and natural gas plants in an effort to keep them operating in defiance of Biden administration rules. (Cowboy State Daily)

UTILITIES:

CRITICAL MATERIALS: Utah researchers find elevated recoverable concentrations of rare earth elements in active coal mines in Colorado and Utah. (news release)

GRID: California’s grid operator proposes raising the soft limit on power providers’ energy bids to better account for costs. (RTO Insider, subscription)

HYDROPOWER: Northwest tribal nations and federal agencies move forward on a plan aimed at restoring salmon runs decimated by hydropower dams on the Columbia River and its tributaries. (Idaho Capital Sun)

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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.