WIND: California’s energy commission adopts a goal of developing 3 to 5 GW of offshore wind by 2030 and 25 GW by 2045, the nation’s most ambitious target of its kind. (Reuters)

ALSO: A Wyoming biologist urges federal officials to gather more data on how wind turbines affect eagles and other raptors before permitting new projects. (WyoFile) 

• New Mexico regulators deny a utility’s request to delay implementing a new community solar program while the state Supreme Court weighs the utility’s appeal of the program’s rules. (NM Political Report)
A proposal to construct a 127 MW solar power project on private land in rural southwest Colorado draws mixed reactions. (Cortez Journal)
Colorado solar industry officials say the proposed congressional climate bill will spur “gigawatts and gigawatts” of renewable energy development in the state. (Denver Post)   

ELECTRIFICATION: California regulators propose ending natural gas line extension subsidies next year to further the state’s building decarbonization goals. (Utility Dive)

GRID: The proposed congressional climate bill would authorize $150 million to extend electricity to Indigenous communities. (

• Colorado regulators approve the state’s first comprehensive oil and gas development plan, allowing KerrMcGee to drill 209 wells over the next six years in the northeastern part of the state. (Colorado Sun) 
• A federal analysis finds a methane fee on large oil and gas producers in the proposed congressional climate bill would not apply to about 60% of the industry’s emissions. (Reuters)
The company behind a 933 million barrel oil discovery in Wyoming says only a fraction of the crude is recoverable with current technology. (Casper Star-Tribune)
Dozens of environmental groups urge the Biden administration to reverse its July approval of a proposed railway that would transport oil from the Uinta Basin in Utah to Gulf Coast refineries. (news release)  

CLIMATE: Colorado local governments suing the oil and gas industry over the impacts of climate change urge the U.S. Supreme Court to stay out of a fight over where the cases should be heard. (E&E News, subscription)

GEOTHERMAL: An environmental group petitions federal regulators to extend Endangered Species Act protections to a Nevada butterfly, which could block a proposed geothermal project. (E&E News, subscription)

CRYPTOCURRENCY: A Wyoming utility agrees to sell 45 MW of electricity to a cryptocurrency mining facility. (Natural Gas Intelligence)   

TRANSPORTATION: A Nevada electric vehicle battery recycling firm says Tesla’s Gigafactory will be one of its first customers for copper foil anodes. (Teslarati)

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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.