UTILITIES: SoCalGas agrees to pay $1.8 billion to settle litigation stemming from the 2016 Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility blowout, the largest methane leak in U.S. history. (Los Angeles Times)

ALSO: The Bonneville Power Administration’s draft 2021 power plan calls for more renewable energy development and less energy conservation than previous plans. (OPB)  

SOLAR:
• A Los Angeles developer proposes building a 530 MW solar project on 2,300 acres of private land in Kern County, California. (PV Magazine)
Los Angeles will allocate $30 million to deploy solar plus storage installations on municipal buildings and facilities in its next budget. (City News Service)

WIND: A Danish wind power developer partners with natural gas processor and distributor Williams to explore building a wind-powered hydrogen or synthetic natural gas plant in Wyoming. (Recharge News)  

HYDROPOWER: Four fish-harming hydroelectric dams on the Pacific Northwest’s Klamath River are set to be removed in 2023 and 2024, but that may come too late to save the river’s drought-addled salmon. (Yale Environment 360)

GEOTHERMAL: Two Republican U.S. Congress members from Idaho introduce legislation to streamline permitting for geothermal projects on federal land. (E&E News, subscription)

OIL & GAS:
The operator of the Rockies Express natural gas pipeline plans to become the first U.S. company to measure and certify the environmental impact of a natural gas pipeline. (Reuters)
New Mexico regulators clash with the oil and gas industry over the cost of complying with the state’s proposed ozone pollution rules. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)
An Oklahoma oil and gas company agrees to pay $6.15 million over allegations it underpayed and underreported royalties on federal natural gas leases in Wyoming and New Mexico. (Associated Press) 

CLIMATE:
Hawaii’s attorney general files a brief supporting city and county lawsuits alleging fossil fuel companies misled the public about their products’ climate-harming effects. (Honolulu Star-Advertiser)
A Stanford University and NPR analysis of satellite imagery finds smoke from this summer’s Western wildfires degraded air quality across the nation. (KCRW)
A wildfire in Colorado’s Summit County prompts evacuations following an almost blaze-free summer for the state. (Denver Post)
Insurers hired private firefighting crews this summer to defend clients’ homes from California megafires. (San Francisco Chronicle)

COMMENTARY:
U.S. House members from California and Oregon call for an end to $20.5 billion in subsidies and tax credits state and federal governments give to the fossil fuel industry each year. (San Francisco Chronicle)
A Salt Lake City doctor says a carbon tax is the most effective tool to cut climate warming carbon emissions at the necessary speed and scale. (Deseret News)