GRID: The Biden administration greenlights the proposed SunZia high-voltage transmission project designed to carry power from eastern New Mexico wind facilities to Arizona and California urban areas. (Associated Press)

A think tank estimates it will cost $21.5 billion to plug California’s oil wells and dismantle surface infrastructure, decontaminate drill sites and conduct other cleanup work in the state. (ProPublica)
California lawmakers kill legislation that would hold petroleum companies liable when their operations harm people’s health. (Fresno Bee)  
Wyoming’s oil and gas industry worries a Biden administration proposal to establish federal conservation leasing will be used to block oil and gas development. (Casper Star-Tribune)
The federal Bureau of Land Management seeks public comment on a forthcoming lease sale offering about 600 acres for oil and gas development in the Permian Basin. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)

Pacific Gas & Electric agrees to a $150 million settlement for its involvement in the 2020 Zogg fire that killed four people and burned more than 56,000 acres. (San Francisco Chronicle)
A California municipal utility plans to end its pause on utility shutoffs for non-payment in August, citing its financial inability to continue the pandemic-era policy. (Press-Telegram)

GRID: California’s grid operator approves 45 transmission system upgrade and construction projects with an estimated total cost of $7.13 billion. (North Bay Business Journal)

Meta signs on to purchase power from a proposed 200 MW solar power installation in Ada County, Idaho. (PV Magazine)
U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, a Nevada Democrat, joins other lawmakers to introduce a bill that would incentivize solar power facility construction. (Las Vegas Sun)
New Mexico regulators delay announcing selected community solar projects for a second time following complaints about the application scoring process. (NM Political Report)

COAL: Conservation groups sue Montana over its attempt to invalidate water quality standards aimed at protecting lakes and streams from selenium contamination from Canada coal mines. (news release)

NUCLEAR: New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham says she intends to use all means to block a proposed interim spent nuclear reactor fuel depository in her state. (Politico)

CARBON CAPTURE: The U.S. Energy Department awards Colorado and Wyoming institutions more than $72 million to study and develop carbon sequestration hubs in the southern parts of each state. (WyoFile, Colorado Sun)

HYDROGEN: Developers of a proposed commuter rail line in California plan to use hydrogen-fueled trains. (Pleasanton Weekly)

Rocky Mountain Power plans to install electric vehicle fast-charging stations at 20 sites in Utah. (Green Car Reports)
A company plans to install 52 electric vehicle fast-charging stations at 21 locations in Washington state by next year. (Center Square)

CLIMATE: Montana becomes an intense climate battleground as a closely-watched lawsuit over the state’s pro-fossil fuel policies goes to court following the passage of another fossil fuel-friendly law. (Washington Post)

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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.