OIL & GAS: The owner of a pipeline that spilled thousands of barrels of oil off the southern California coast in 2015 agrees to pay fishermen and property owners $230 million to settle a class-action lawsuit. (Associated Press)

ALSO:
• An analysis finds planned Permian Basin drilling projects could emit more than 44 billion metric tons of carbon during their lifetime. (Guardian)
• A taxpayer advocacy group finds New Mexico earned about $3 billion less from federal oil and gas royalties over the last decade than it would have under the Biden administration’s increased royalty rate. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)   
Attorneys representing Wyoming’s oil and gas industry argue in federal court that the Biden administration’s leasing pause violated the General Mineral Leasing Act. (Casper Star-Tribune)
The University of Utah considers divesting from up to $90 million in fossil fuel holdings, but not until at least next year. (Salt Lake Tribune, subscription)
Wyoming’s energy industry employment numbers have not returned to pre-pandemic levels despite rising oil and natural gas prices. (Wyoming Tribune Eagle)

CLEAN ENERGY: Hawaii utility officials say a bill headed to the governor’s desk requiring utilities to use “firm” generating sources for one-third of their renewable portfolios would impede efforts to deploy clean energy. (Honolulu Civil Beat)

SOLAR: A developer cancels two planned utility-scale solar projects in Hawaii due to supply chain constraints and rising equipment prices. (Honolulu Civil Beat)

GRID: California Gov. Gavin Newsom asks lawmakers for $5 billion to fortify the grid with new power generation and storage capacity and an additional $1.2 billion to help residents pay utility bills. (Sacramento Bee)

TRANSPORTATION: Republican attorneys general from 17 states sue the Biden administration for reinstating California’s power to set stricter vehicle emissions standards than the national limit. (The Hill)  

UTILITIES:
Records show Public Service Company of New Mexico polled customers to shape messaging around its abandonment of a coal power plant later this year. (Santa Fe New Mexican)
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis criticizes an administrative ruling allowing Xcel Energy to charge ratepayers $509 million to recoup costs incurred during a 2021 cold spell. (Gazette)
• A California city considers consolidating its municipal natural gas and water utilities. (Press-Telegram)

HYDROGEN: Pacific Gas & Electric and California consider seeking federal funds to establish a statewide hydrogen hub. (Natural Gas Intelligence)

STORAGE: Pacific Gas & Electric plans to install 232 MW of battery storage at two facilities in San Joaquin County, California. (Ripon Bulletin)

COMMENTARY: PG&E is among the companies highlighted in a segment on John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight criticizing utility business practices and oversight. (Last Week Tonight/YouTube)

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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.