OIL & GAS: The Biden administration is reportedly considering backing a proposed liquefied natural gas export project in Alaska that conservationists are calling a “carbon bomb 10 times worse” than the Willow drilling project. (Politico)

The Biden administration asks the U.S. Supreme Court to reject an oil and gas industry bid to overturn a lower court ruling banning hydraulic fracturing off California’s coast. (E&E News, subscription)
The Biden administration extends federal endangered species protections to a thistle that grows in the Permian Basin, potentially affecting oil and gas development. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)
Federal investigators find a fatal 2021 natural gas pipeline explosion in Arizona was caused by corrosion resulting from faulty protective tape wrapping. (Arizona Republic)
A Colorado real estate developer agrees to permanently drop oil and gas drilling plans if regulators approve its proposed urban renewal plan. (Reporter-Herald)

CRYPTOCURRENCY: Washington state advocates help form a group calling on lawmakers and regulators to crack down on cryptocurrency mining’s electricity use. (E&E News)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A Washington state startup and Alaska Airlines launch an effort to retrofit a 76-seat plane with a hydrogen-powered electric propulsion system that would be the largest zero-emissions aircraft so far. (GeekWire)

STORAGE: Portland General Electric plans to install 400 MW of battery storage in Oregon to provide power for up to 260,000 homes for four hours during peak demand. (Utility Dive)

A New Mexico solar installation and construction company rebounds after laying off most of its workforce amid post-pandemic supply chain constraints and utility-scale project cancellations. (Albuquerque Journal)
A 30 MW solar-plus-storage installation in Hawaii goes online. (West Hawaii Today)

WIND: A California community power agency issues a request for information from developers planning to build offshore wind power projects along the state’s northern coast. (Times-Standard)

UTILITIES: California regulators approve Pacific Gas & Electric’s proposed hybrid battery storage and hydrogen fuel cell system for powering a substation in a wildfire and outage-prone area. (Utility Dive)

GRID: Pacific Gas & Electric says severe weather, wildfires and automated fire prevention systems have increased the number and duration of power outages affecting its customers over the last year. (Mercury News)

BIOFUELS: Washington state lawmakers pass legislation reinstating tax breaks for businesses using wood waste to produce electricity, heat or biofuel; it is awaiting the governor’s signature. (Spokesman-Review)

COAL: The Biden administration launches a formal review of an Obama-era federal coal-leasing ban rescinded by the Trump administration. (E&E News, subscription)

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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.