OIL & GAS: A Colorado university study finds some unplugged, abandoned oil and gas wells are emitting up to 142% more methane and other pollutants than the statewide average, while 108 plugged wells had zero emissions. (Colorado Sun)


ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Colorado regulators approve rules aimed at reducing air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions by requiring 82% of car sales be electric or zero-emissions vehicles by 2032. (Colorado Sun)

ELECTRIFICATION: A California lawmaker proposes offering tax credits to landscaping businesses to offset costs of transitioning to electric and zero-emission equipment. (Orange County Register)

GRID: Battery storage and grid upgrade projects in Hawaii receive nearly $18 million from a $3.5 billion pot of federal funding for grid resilience. (Hawaii Public Radio

WIND: Colorado offers up to $23 million in incentives aimed at luring a wind turbine blade manufacturer to establish a 2,300-job production facility in the state. (Greeley Turbine)

SOLAR: A Washington state pilot program installs rooftop solar systems on farmworkers’ homes in the Yakima Valley. (Yakima Herald-Republic)


BATTERIES: Oregon officials grapple with a rising number of lithium-ion battery fires in landfills. (OPB)

POLLUTION: The U.S. EPA clears the way for California to implement shipping emissions reduction rules compelling vessels to plug into electrical power while in port. (KTVU)

PUBLIC LANDS: The federal Bureau of Land Management extends the public input period on a plan that would limit energy development on 3.6 million acres in southwestern Wyoming following pushback from conservative lawmakers. (WyoFile)

NUCLEAR: Colorado researchers near completion of a rail car designed to safely transport spent nuclear reactor fuel. (Denver Gazette)

CARBON CAPTURE: California regulators seek public input on overseeing carbon sequestration on private land. (Bakersfield Californian) 


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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.