COAL:
The Biden administration allocates $725 million, including $36 million to Western states and the Navajo Nation, to clean up abandoned coal mines. (Associated Press)
Coal mining paved the way for suburban development in the grasslands near Boulder, Colorado, a century ago, where an abandoned coal mine fire may have sparked last year’s fire that destroyed 1,000 homes. (High Country News)

UTILITIES:
California utilities contribute millions of dollars to a group claiming to represent low-income residents that’s pushing to cut utilities’ net metering payments to rooftop solar customers. (Inside Climate News)
A California court begins hearings on criminal charges against Pacific Gas & Electric for its role in sparking the 2019 Kincaid Fire. (Press Democrat)

GEOTHERMAL: A federal appeals court allows construction to proceed on a Nevada geothermal project that a lower court had blocked while a lawsuit proceeded. (E&E News, subscription)

OIL & GAS:
A government watchdog group finds Western states stand to gain billions of dollars each year if the U.S. Interior Department increases federal oil and gas royalty rates as proposed. (Grist)
U.S. lawmakers look to includes $403 million to address water contamination blamed on the Navy’s Red Hill fuel storage facility in Hawaii in a federal spending bill. (Associated Press)
Rising oil prices spur producers to step up drilling in northeastern Colorado and Wyoming’s Powder River Basin. (Reuters)  

SOLAR: A California irrigation district plans to use a $20 million state grant to install solar panels over canals to generate power and reduce evaporation. (Modesto Bee)

HYDROPOWER: A northern California water district plans to install hydroelectricity turbines in irrigation canals to provide power to the local grid. (CBS13)

CLEAN ENERGY: Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy introduces a bill that would require 80% of the Railbelt region’s electricity to come from renewable sources, including large hydropower, by 2040. (Anchorage Daily News)

CLIMATE: A lawsuit from Montana children targeting the state’s energy policies’ contributions to climate change is set to go to trial early next year. (Montana State News Bureau)

BIOFUELS: Kinder Morgan plans to build the nation’s first renewable diesel pipeline hub in southern California. (S&P Global)

MICROGRIDS: A northern California U.S. Coast Guard facility begins construction on a solar-powered microgrid with 11.6 MWh battery storage. (North Bay Business Journal)

TRANSPORTATION:
California officials explore ways to extend the life of electric vehicle batteries and safely recycle them when they are no longer useful. (KCRW)
An electric vehicle company sponsors dozens of charging station installations in California national parks. (National Parks Traveler)  

HYDROGEN: New Mexico lawmakers again table a recently revived bill that would incentivize state hydrogen hubs amid Indigenous and environmental protests. (Albuquerque Journal) 

COMMENTARY: A former oil and gas lawyer says a Wyoming plan to reimburse oil and gas companies to offset proposed federal royalty rate increases would be an accounting nightmare and hurt school and government funding.  (WyoFile)

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Jonathan P. Thompson

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.