Western lawmakers give green light to bill that would hamper solar and wind development

State lawmakers in Arizona have advanced a bill prohibiting wind or solar development on state or federal land already leased for grazing. They are one of several states looking to tackle energy-related issues.

In New Mexico, lawmakers presented a bill that would establish a permanent office for renewable energy development. Three tribal nations are taking the Bureau of Land Management to court over a proposed lithium mine in Nevada. In Oregon, utility companies have abandoned a plan to stop using a coal-fired power plant five years early and instead will use the power source until at least 2030.