OIL & GAS: California regulators vote to allow SoCalGas to increase the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage field’s capacity, where a 2015 leak emitted more than 100,000 metric tons of methane. (Los Angeles Times)

A federal Bureau of Land Management field office in Wyoming pioneers a process for finding and compelling companies to plug and reclaim their own abandoned oil and gas wells. (Buffalo Bulletin)
Denver International Airport plugs and reclaims 64 oil and gas wells across its property as part of an effort to make the facilities more sustainable. (Denver Post)
A tech firm plans to power on-site data center modules with excess methane vented from oil and gas wells in Utah. (Data Center Dynamics) 

UTILITIES: SoCalGas lobbies California lawmakers to pass legislation allowing utilities to charge ratepayers for carbon capture and storage projects and natural gas infrastructure. (Capital & Main)

CLEAN ENERGY: Wyoming lawmakers baselessly attribute Rocky Mountain Power’s proposed rate hike to wind and solar proliferation, even though the utility has shown volatile fossil fuel pricing is to blame. (WyoFile)

Idaho advocates urge regulators to reject a utility’s proposal to slash compensation for rooftop solar, saying it would disincentivize residents from installing it. (Idaho Capital Sun)
Arizona Public Service agrees to purchase power from a 1,200 MW solar-plus-storage installation under construction in the northern part of the state. (Energy Storage News)

Developers complete an expansion of the world’s largest battery storage installation, bringing the California facility’s capacity to 750 MW. (Monterey Herald)
Arizona utility Salt River Project plans to deploy a non-lithium long-duration battery storage system to provide backup power to Phoenix. (news release)   

Idaho Power asks federal regulators to dismiss more than $700,000 in penalties assessed by California’s grid operator for a metering mistake. (RTO Insider, subscription)
A northern California grid operator looks to join an extended day-ahead power market the state’s independent system operator is developing. (RTO Insider, subscription) 

COAL: Hawaii has avoided major power outages in the year since it shuttered its last coal plant, but clean energy project delays have forced it to rely on oil-fueled generation more than expected. (Canary Media)

Colorado school districts plan to add 67 electric buses to their fleets over the next year and a half. (Colorado Sun)
Washington state plans to offer rebates of up to $1,200 on electric bicycle purchases beginning next year. (Seattle Times) 

NUCLEAR: California startup Oklo is chosen to develop a nuclear micro-reactor to power the Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska. (news release)

CLIMATE: Demonstrators protest an international economic symposium in Wyoming and call on attendees to consider fossil fuel investments’ climate impacts. (Inside Climate News) 

A Wyoming analyst says transmission project permitting must be streamlined to bring more clean energy online and successfully tackle climate change. (WyoFile)  
Clean energy officials say a Western regional transmission organization will keep costs in check, facilitate wind and solar deployment and help the grid withstand extreme heat. (Utility Dive)

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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.