OIL & GAS: A Colorado county asks the state’s Supreme Court to void a company’s long-idled oil and gas leases. (Gazette)

ALSO:
New Mexico’s state land office brought in more than $2 billion in oil and gas royalty revenue over the last 12 months, a record high. (News-Sun)
Wyoming conservationists urge state and federal regulators to tax and further restrict oil and gas facilities’ methane emissions. (Casper Star-Tribune) 

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: The Navajo Nation’s largest school district receives the first of three electric school buses purchased with Arizona transportation modernization funds. (KTAR)

COAL: A workers’ strike shuts down a Canadian shipping terminal used to export Powder River Basin coal to Asia. (Vancouver Sun)

GRID:
A severe storm batters western Alaska, leaving at least 6,000 households without power. (KDLL)
High winds and thunderstorms damage utility equipment in northern California, leaving 4,000 customers without power. (KGO)

UTILITIES: Officials in a rural California county say Pacific Gas & Electric’s failure to plan for the area’s growing electricity demands could imperil economic development. (Lost Coast Outpost)

WIND: A northern Arizona county approves a 500 MW wind farm with 220 MW of battery storage planned for private land despite residents’ concerns regarding views and noise. (White Mountain Independent)

HYDROPOWER: A Colorado official says drought-diminished reservoir levels could sap Glen Canyon and Hoover Dams’ hydropower generating capacity within three years. (E&E News)

SOLAR:
California Gov. Gavin Newsom signs a bill extending a utility-scale solar installation property tax exemption until 2027. (Center Square)
A solar installation firm’s CEO says a California proposal to slash net metering payments for rooftop solar will drive residents to defect from the grid. (Bloomberg)

NUCLEAR: The Northern Chumash tribe seeks to recover ancestral lands occupied by the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant—whether or not the plant closes in 2025. (High Country News)

HYDROGEN: Natural gas producer Williams plans eventually to pivot its Wyoming operations to produce blue and possibly green hydrogen. (Casper Star-Tribune)

CLIMATE: The University of Utah moves up its goal for reaching net-zero greenhouse gas emissions from 2050 to 2040 after launching a climate policy center. (KSL)

COMMENTARY: A California columnist says planned investments in the grid will enable it to handle the 12 million electric vehicles expected to be on the road due to the 2035 ban on new gasoline car sales. (SiliconValley.com)

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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.