STORAGE:
Pacific Gas & Electric proposes installing nine new battery projects with a combined 1,600 MW capacity to help replace Diablo Canyon nuclear plant’s generation when it closes in 2025. (Bloomberg)
Sacramento’s municipal utility installs a 4 MW lithium-ion battery unit as part of an energy storage pilot project. (news release)

BATTERY METALS:
Idaho officials say rising demand for electric vehicle batteries could spark a cobalt mining boom in the state, raising concerns about potential environmental impacts. (Spokesman-Review)
A Nevada battle pitting advocates of an endangered wildflower against a proposed lithium mine highlights the environmental tradeoffs inherent to the energy transition. (Fast Company)

TRANSPORTATION: Hawaii officials expect the state to receive $18 million for electric vehicle charging infrastructure from the federal infrastructure package. (Maui Now)

UTILITIES:
San Diego Gas & Electric finishes replacing thousands of wooden utility poles with steel to make lines more resistant to wildfires. (Times of San Diego)
Pacific Gas & Electric equipment has sparked 30 major wildfires in northern California that killed 100 people and destroyed 23,000 homes since it entered probation — which ends today — for a 2010 natural gas line explosion. (Associated Press)

SOLAR: Financial analysts say a California proposal to slash solar incentives would render residential solar without battery backup a near-worthless investment. (E&E News, subscription)

OIL & GAS:
Colorado environmental advocates plan to sue the U.S. EPA for missing a deadline to place oil and gas-producing counties in the “severe” category for ozone pollution. (Colorado Sun)
Wyoming researchers find coalbed methane natural gas drilling has caused groundwater levels to drop 100 feet or more near intensive development. (news release)
A California trucking company agrees to pay $200,000 in civil penalties and to remediate resource damages from a 2020 oil tanker crash and spill in the Cuyama River. (news release)
U.S. Navy officials say they will only release a summary of their findings relating to water contamination blamed on leaks from a Hawaii fuel storage facility rather than the entire report as promised. (Honolulu Star-Advertiser, subscription)

NUCLEAR:
A tiny Wyoming town shifts from planning for a coal industry bust to preparing to accommodate 2,000 new workers needed to build Bill Gates-backed TerraPower’s planned nuclear reactor. (WyoFile)
A California law firm sues to force federal regulators to release documents regarding a 2018 “serious near miss” incident involving a canister of radioactive spent reactor fuel. (San Diego Union-Tribune)
Republican Colorado lawmakers push a bill allocating $500,000 to study small modular nuclear reactors as a means to fight climate change. (Colorado Newsline)

COMMENTARY: A New Mexico editorial board says state lawmakers should table bills encouraging hydrogen development to give them time to debate the fuel’s merits. (Albuquerque Journal)

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.