OIL & GAS: A drilling company prepares to restart production at its offshore oilfield in southern California after a connecting pipeline’s 595-barrel spill of crude shut down operations in 2021. (Bloomberg)

Colorado’s oil and gas industry reports its facilities’ emissions and water demand increased last year after regulators approved 883 new wells, but advocates say the estimates are too low. (Colorado Sun)
A Colorado county dials back proposed oil and gas drilling regulations following a flurry of public input and debate. (Durango Herald)

POLLUTION: Colorado lawmakers consider requiring companies to prove proposed development would not further degrade local air quality. (CPR)

Documents filed in a class-action lawsuit against PacifiCorp show Oregon regulators warned utilities about fire risks and urged them to depower utility lines ahead of the 2020 Labor Day wildfires. (OPB)
Washington and New Mexico utilities join the Western regional reliability planning and compliance program. (S&P Global)  
Southwest Gas and NV Energy together contributed $380,000 to Nevada lawmakers’ campaigns last year, making them the state’s largest energy-related political donors. (Nevada Independent)

A media outlet’s investigation finds 34 cryptocurrency mining centers across the U.S. — including ones in Montana and Washington state — together consume as much electricity as 3 million homes. (New York Times)
Amazon says it has a deal to buy renewable energy to power its eastern Oregon data centers, but will not disclose the sources or amount it plans to purchase. (Oregonian) 

Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah apply for more than $1 billion in federal funds to establish a regional hydrogen production and distribution hub that could employ as many as 26,000 people. (Casper Star-Tribune)
Hawaii Gas requests proposals to purchase renewable natural gas and hydrogen for use in utility gas distribution. (news release)

CLEAN ENERGY: U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich criticizes fellow New Mexico Democrat Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham for vetoing clean energy tax credits in a budget package. (Albuquerque Journal)

California regulators dismiss Sunnova’s application to create a “micro-utility” that would install and operate solar-plus-storage microgrids to power home developments. (Solar Builder)
Capital One makes a $90 million tax equity investment in the proposed 120 MW Jackpot Solar project in Idaho. (ABL Advisor)

WIND: An international maritime company proposing to build a terminal to support offshore West Coast wind development opens an office in northern California. (Lost Coast Outpost)  

Colorado climate advocates clash with the real estate industry in urging lawmakers to require more electric vehicle chargers in multi-family buildings. (Colorado Sun)
A report finds the nation’s most “EV-friendly” metro areas are all in the Western U.S., with Seattle in the top spot. (Smart Cities Dive)

CLIMATE: Washington lawmakers look to spend revenues from the state’s new carbon-cap program on electric buses and ferries and other clean energy projects. (Crosscut) 

TRANSMISSION: A southern California utility votes to purchase private property to clear the way for a transmission line upgrade. (Desert Review)

COMMENTARY: Energy analysts urge states to follow California’s plan to phase out fossil fuel-powered car sales by 2035, saying it will create jobs, reduce pollution and save drivers money. (Energy News Network)

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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.