UTILITIES: Marybel Batjer, California’s top utility regulator, announces she will resign at the end of the year, leaving Gov. Gavin Newsom to find a replacement while the state deals with power outages and utility-sparked fires. (Associated Press)

ALSO: Wildfire survivors, relatives of victims and progressive advocates call for tougher penalties for Pacific Gas & Electric for its role in sparking the deadly 2020 Zogg Fire. (Common Dreams)

The Biden administration revokes a Trump-era rule that let oil, gas and coal companies lower royalty payments by selling federal minerals at a reduced cost to subsidiaries. (E&E News)
California’s Santa Barbara County will hold online public hearings today and tomorrow on ExxonMobil’s proposal to transport oil from restarted offshore oil platforms by truck. (news release) 

• Hawaiian Electric proposes building community solar projects totaling 235 MW to provide power to low-income residents. (Honolulu Star-Advertiser, subscription)
• A rooftop solar company plans to aggregate residential battery storage systems to provide demand response for California’s Clean Power Alliance community choice aggregator. (Energy Storage News)
• The U.S. Bureau of Land Management seeks public comment on the proposed phase two of the Luning Solar Project in Mineral County, Nevada. (news release) 
• A rooftop solar installation company completes construction on a 112,000 square foot research, development and manufacturing facility in San Jose, California. (PV Magazine)

WIND: A northern California community choice energy service opens a wind farm repowering project replacing 569 bird-harming 100 KW turbines with 23 more wildlife-friendly ones. (Pleasanton Weekly)  

GEOTHERMAL: The Bureau of Land Management this fall will auction 4,000 acres of public land in New Mexico for geothermal development. (news release)

GRID: The U.S. Department of Energy launches a program at its National Renewable Energy Laboratories in Colorado to improve inverters that turn direct current from solar and wind facilities into grid-friendly alternating current. (Canary Media)

BIOMASS: An Arizona power plant fueled with wood scraps, saplings and waste from forest thinning projects is left scrambling after federal officials cancel a massive forest restoration project. (White Mountain Independent)

CRYPTOCURRENCY: Wyoming lawmakers explore ways to attract bitcoin miners and generate revenue from the energy-intensive mining process. (Wyoming Public Media)

CLIMATE: High winds and low humidity fan two large fires in California’s southern Sierra Nevada that have burned 135,000 acres so far. (Los Angeles Times)

A California editorial board says the state’s new rule allowing only licensed electrical contractors to install battery storage systems harms the solar installation industry. (Daily News)
An energy independence advocate urges Nevada to maintain momentum on  electric vehicle adoption by joining 15 other states supporting advanced clean truck standards. (Nevada Independent)

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.