NUCLEAR: Some Democratic California lawmakers oppose Gov. Gavin Newsom’s proposal to spend $1.4 billion to keep the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant running past 2025, saying the money should go toward solar, wind, battery storage and transmission development instead. (Associated Press) 

OIL & GAS:
A federal judge revives his block on the Biden administration’s oil and gas leasing pause just days after an appeals court struck it down. (E&E News)
University of New Mexico engineers develop a nanotech sealant for permanently plugging abandoned oil and gas wells that won’t crack and leak like cement. (Albuquerque Journal)
The U.S. Transportation Department awards an Alaska Native Village $45 million to construct a road to a planned oil spill response facility. (news release)

COAL: Wyoming’s coal industry plans to appeal a court’s reinstatement of an Obama-era ban on federal leasing, saying it and another legal ruling threaten the industry’s long-term viability in the Powder River Basin. (Casper Star-Tribune)

SOLAR:
• A public hearing on a 470 MW solar installation proposed for eastern Washington state draws intense support and opposition. (Yakima Herald-Republic)
• California utilities urge regulators to slash state net metering payments for rooftop solar, saying the Inflation Reduction Act’s subsidies make them redundant. (Bloomberg)
An 850 kW solar-plus-storage installation goes online at a public high school in Albuquerque, New Mexico. (KRQE) 

WIND:
Three southern Idaho counties that would be affected by a 400-turbine wind power facility proposed for 73,000 acres of public land pass resolutions opposing the project. (News-Times)
Researchers find floating offshore wind turbines like those that would be deployed along California’s coast could cause ecosystem-altering turbulence. (E&E News, subscription)

CLIMATE:
• Wyoming politicians pan the Inflation Reduction Act even though analysts say it will boost the state’s uranium, wind power and hydrogen industries along with a proposed advanced nuclear reactor. (Casper Star-Tribune)
• Idaho National Laboratory aims to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2031. (KIVI TV)

TRANSPORTATION: California transit officials advance a proposed high-speed rail line by approving the environmental review of a 49-mile section from San Jose to San Francisco. (San Jose Spotlight)

COMMENTARY:
• A Utah Democrat says state lawmakers are systematically suppressing clean energy adoption by levying electric vehicle fees and blocking rooftop solar incentives. (The Spectrum)
A policy analyst urges New Mexico officials to support the establishment of a geothermal energy industry to provide baseload power to back up wind and solar. (Albuquerque Journal)

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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.