OIL & GAS: Alaska’s U.S. senators urge the Biden administration to approve ConocoPhillips’ proposed Willow oil and gas drilling project amid environmentalists’ calls to reject it; the state’s Indigenous leaders remain divided on the issue. (Associated Press)

A California program aimed at supporting and retraining displaced oil and gas workers to plug and reclaim abandoned wells could lose funding after Gov. Gavin Newsom leaves it out of his proposed budget. (Sacramento Bee)
Environmental and Indigenous advocates call on the federal Bureau of Land Management to strengthen proposed rules aimed at reducing methane emissions from oil and gas flaring and venting. (Inside Climate News)
Oregon residents, environmentalists and a U.S. senator urge federal regulators to reject a proposal to expand a natural gas pipeline stretching from Canada to the southern part of the state. (OPB)  

GRID: Federal regulators approve a regional resource adequacy program allowing Western utilities to share generating capacity. (Utility Dive) 

UTILITIES: Hawaiian Electric reports record high revenues as power prices soar.
(Honolulu Star-Advertiser, subscription) 

Colorado lawmakers call on Xcel Energy to speed up residential solar system connections following a raft of public complaints about months-long delays. (Denver7)
Developers of an irrigation-canal solar installation in California add long-duration iron flow batteries to the project. (electrek)

BATTERIES: A Nevada researcher develops a fire-resistant polymer for use in lithium-ion battery cases. (news release)

California’s energy commission approves $2 million to install electric vehicle charging infrastructure at U.S. Navy and Marine bases. (news release)
A California startup launches a DC-to-DC solar electric vehicle charger that allows a user to plug directly into a solar panel without AC-DC conversion. (news release)  

Environmental groups urge federal regulators to reject Pacific Gas & Electric’s request to expedite the required five-year relicensing process for the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant. (Reuters)
New Mexico lawmakers advance a bill that would ban spent nuclear fuel disposal without the state’s consent. (Associated Press)

TRANSPORTATION: California transportation officials say construction of the first phase of a high-speed rail line has created 10,000 jobs since work began in 2013. (Sacramento Bee) 

BIOFUELS: Washington state lawmakers introduce a bill that would offer incentives for manufacturing and purchasing sustainable aviation biofuels.  

GEOTHERMAL: New Mexico lawmakers consider legislation that would create a geothermal power research and development center at a state university. (KRQE)

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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.