NUCLEAR: Federal regulators reject environmentalists’ bid to immediately shut down one of two reactors for safety reasons at the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant in central California. (Associated Press)

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SOLAR:

GRID: A utilities consortium proposes creating a Western states coalition aimed at developing an “actionable transmission plan to address regional and interregional needs.” (RTO Insider, subscription)

BATTERIES: A California startup looks to scale up production of grid-scale sodium-ion batteries. (CNBC)

HYDROPOWER: Analysts predict last winter’s heavy snows will double California’s hydropower output compared to 2022, but ongoing drought will reduce Northwest production by 19%. (Canary Media)

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BIOFUELS:

HYDROGEN: University of Wyoming researchers receive nearly $700,000 in state funding to advance methane-derived blue hydrogen production and transport infrastructure. (news release)

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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.