OIL & GAS: Colorado regulators order a violation-plagued oil and gas operator to post a $133 million bond to assure its 1,089 wells will be properly plugged, about three times what the company proposed. (Colorado Sun)


  • Alaska residents and advocates push back on an energy security task force’s recommendations, saying they are more of a proposed liquefied natural gas export project sales pitch than a clean energy transition blueprint. (KUAC) 
  • California advocates push back on ExxonMobil’s proposal to restart an oil pipeline that spilled 123,000 gallons of crude in 2015, saying it would facilitate the reopening of a polluting processing facility. (KEYT)
  • ConocoPhillips proposes a seismic survey at its controversial Willow drilling project in Alaska, stoking fears the company is planning to expand the development. (Inside Climate News)

NUCLEAR: A petroleum executive proposes using small modular nuclear reactors to power the Permian Basin oil and gas fields as the industry electrifies.  (Midland Reporter-Telegram)


  • A northern Colorado power authority’s board votes to deploy a new natural gas turbine, battery storage and virtual power plants to help it become carbon-free by 2030. (Coloradoan)    
  • Southern California Edison completes seismic mitigation work on bulk power transmission substations near the San Andreas Fault. (news release)


  • Preliminary estimates find California carbon emissions increased last year, setting the state further behind in achieving its 2030 climate goals. (Fresno Bee)
  • A Colorado school district purchases five diesel buses for mountainous routes even though it plans to reach carbon-neutrality by 2050. (Denver Gazette)  

GRID: Southern California utilities warn customers of possible public safety power outages this week as intense Santa Ana winds elevate wildfire hazard. (Fox 11)

CLEAN ENERGY: Five Colorado rural communities receive $500,000 in federal funding to develop clean energy demonstration projects. (news release)

BIOFUELS: Pacific Gas & Electric plans to replace some natural gas with biofuels made from trees it cuts as part of its wildlife mitigation programs. (news release)

CARBON CAPTURE: The Biden administration awards about $14 million to marine carbon removal research and development projects in Colorado, Washington and Utah. (news release)


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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.