ELECTRIC VEHICLES: The nation’s first fully battery-powered tugboat is set to begin operating from southern California’s Port of San Diego later this spring. (Canary Media)

ALSO: Nevada officials expect a state incentive program aimed at replacing diesel truck fleets with zero-emission vehicles to launch late this year after months of delays. (Nevada Independent)

UTILITIES:

  • Xcel Energy says its first ever planned outage to reduce wildfire risk likely prevented its lines in Colorado from sparking a blaze during last weekend’s unusually severe winds, but some customers say they weren’t adequately warned. (CPR) 
  • Agencies lower Tri-State Generation & Transmission’s bond ratings after the Colorado wholesale power supplier fails to secure a rate increase and loses four member cooperatives. (Colorado Sun)

GRID: Analysts predict NV Energy would lose nearly $100 million in annual benefits by leaving the Western energy imbalance market to join the Southwest Power Pool’s competing day-ahead power market. (RTO Insider, subscription)

OIL & GAS: Colorado environmental groups call on state regulators to revoke a Denver-area petroleum refinery’s water permit, saying it will allow toxic chemicals to leak into waterways and contaminate residential neighborhoods. (Colorado Sun)

CLIMATE:

  • Arizona Republican lawmakers propose ballot measures that would block local governments from banning gas-powered leaf blowers or adopting climate plans. (E&E News)
  • Montana labor leaders testify against a proposed rule that would require regulators to consider climate change’s effects in their decisions, claiming it would lead to “massive job loss.” (Daily Montanan)

SOLAR: Indigenous advocates protest a proposed solar development in central Washington state, saying it threatens cultural resources. (High Country News)

HYDROPOWER: A developer plans to begin construction later this year on a pumped hydropower energy storage project in southern Oregon pending final regulatory approval. (OPB)

BIOFUELS: A Hawaii firm calls on regulators to allow its idled 21.5 MW biomass plant to come online, saying it would solve the state’s short-term power shortage. (Hawaii Public Radio)

DIVESTMENT: Oregon Gov. Tina Kotek signs a bill requiring the state’s public employee retirement fund to end new investments in thermal coal and phase out holdings of related stocks. (P&I)

MINING:

CARBON CAPTURE: A Wyoming university develops an interactive tool aimed at helping users understand the mechanics of an underground carbon sequestration project. (Gillette News-Record)

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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.