HYDROGEN: The Biden administration awards $7 billion to proposed hydrogen development and production hubs nationwide, including projects in California and the Northwest. (Associated Press, news release)

ALSO: The developers of a proposed hydrogen pipeline that would cross the Navajo Nation attend a tribal fair to tout the project. (Navajo Times)




BATTERIES: California Gov. Gavin Newsom signs a bill requiring grid-scale battery energy storage facilities to establish safety and communication protocols. (Santa Cruz Sentinel)

TRANSPORTATION: A California transportation department executive is demoted after pushing back on an interstate-widening plan she believed would increase traffic and emissions. (Los Angeles Times)


DIVESTMENT: University of Colorado students and advocates urge the institution to divest from fossil fuels, saying the investments contribute to climate change and will lose value. (Daily Camera)

GEOTHERMAL: A New Mexico lawmaker plans to introduce legislation aimed at encouraging geothermal energy development after a similar bill was vetoed earlier this year. (NM Political Report)

CRITICAL MINERALS: Arizona researchers seek ways to extract critical elements such as lithium from copper mining tailings and other waste. (Arizona Daily Star)

NUCLEAR: The Idaho National Laboratory achieves 90% final design on its nuclear microreactor, clearing the way for fabrication and construction. (Power)

CARBON CAPTURE: A California energy company proposes capturing carbon from its industrial operations and injecting it into nearby oil fields. (Gas World)

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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.