WIND: The Biden administration plans the first ever West Coast offshore wind lease sale in December, offering 373,00 acres — enough for 4.5 GW of generating capacity — off the central and northern California coasts. (CNN)

ALSO: The National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Colorado estimates the U.S. offshore wind industry will provide up to 58,000 full-time jobs each year beginning in 2024, mostly in manufacturing. (Renewable Energy World)

OIL & GAS:
The operator of a pipeline that ruptured last year and spilled 25,000 gallons of crude off southern California’s coast agrees to pay $50 million to area fishermen, tourism companies and landowners to settle a class-action lawsuit. (Associated Press)
An Estonian company and Utah utility exploit a legal loophole to retain rights to billions of gallons of water from the dwindling Colorado River for a proposed oil shale mining project in the Uinta Basin. (Grist)
New Mexico finalizes a rule requiring state land lessees to conduct archaeological or cultural surveys prior to oil and gas drilling, pipeline construction or other development. (Albuquerque Journal)

NATURAL GAS: An Oregon jury orders a pipeline contractor to pay $10.4 million to victims of a 2016 natural gas explosion in Portland. (Oregonian) 

UTILITIES: A trial for a class action lawsuit blaming Pacific Power equipment for sparking four wildfires in 2020 that burned 2,500 homes in Oregon is slated for April of next year. (Salem Statesman Journal)

STORAGE: The world’s largest single-phase battery energy storage facility with 350 MW/1,400 MWh capacity goes online on federal land in southern California. (PV Magazine)

TRANSPORTATION:
California researchers find prioritizing electric and hydrogen fuel cell truck deployment would benefit the state’s disadvantaged communities more than decarbonizing buildings. (Anthropocene)  
A California county’s transit agency launches an electric vehicle ride-sharing program aimed at boosting transportation options in rural areas. (Government Technology)
Environmental advocate Jane Fonda blasts opponents of a California ballot measure that would tax the wealthy to fund electric vehicle incentives, saying they care more about staying rich than creating a livable future. (CalMatters)
A California company opens a solar-powered electric vehicle fast-charging station at a Taco Bell in San Francisco, the first of 100 planned for the fast food franchise around the state. (Business Insider)

GRID: Wyoming regulators approve Black Hills Energy’s proposed 260-mile high-voltage transmission project. (Casper Star-Tribune)

HYDROGEN: Montana teams up with three Midwestern states to vie for federal funding to establish a regional hydrogen production hub. (Montana State News Bureau)

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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.