HYDROPOWER: Federal regulators greenlight the removal of four fish-harming hydropower dams on the Klamath River in Oregon and California, drawing tribal nations’ and environmentalists’ applause. (High Country News) 

OIL & GAS:
Texas regulators investigate oil and gas wastewater injection wells after the Permian Basin is shaken by a 5.3-magnitude earthquake, the region’s largest on record. (Bloomberg)
Conservation and taxpayer advocates call on the Biden administration to increase oil and gas reclamation bond requirements to ensure industry, not taxpayers, foots cleanup costs. (WyoFile)
Federal wildlife officials extend endangered species protections to the southern distinct lesser prairie chicken found in and around the Permian Basin, potentially affecting drilling activity. (E&E News)
• Environmental and Indigenous groups say a proposed oil and gas drilling ban around Chaco Culture National Historical Park in New Mexico doesn’t go far enough to address existing fossil fuel infrastructure in the area. (E&E News, subscription)

HYDROGEN:
A University of Utah study finds a proposed hydrogen production facility and power plant would use about 38% less water than the coal plant currently on the site. (Salt Lake Tribune)
Arizona, Nevada and the Navajo Nation team up to vie for federal funding to establish a regional hydrogen production and distribution hub. (news release) 

SOLAR:
A northern California county approves construction of a 12-acre solar installation, rejecting residents’ claim it damages open space. (Independent) 
A solar developer and federal and state agencies retire grazing rights on 215,000 acres in the Mojave Desert to offset impacts of the company’s utility-scale projects in California and Nevada. (PV Magazine)
• Hundreds of solar and storage companies urge the Biden administration to reject proposed tariffs on imported solar products triggered by a California module manufacturer. (PV Tech)  

CLEAN ENERGY: An Alaska utility explores installing wind turbines on offshore oil platforms and developing geothermal power at a volcano as its natural gas sources become less secure. (KDLL)

BATTERIES: Arizona utility Salt River Project plans to install two grid-charged battery storage systems with a 340 MW combined output. (news release)
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ELECTRIFICATION: A California startup plans to equip induction stoves with lithium-ion batteries, allowing them to draw less electricity from an outlet and letting owners avoid electric panel upgrades. (Canary Media)

CRYPTOCURRENCY: A California company’s plans to establish one of the nation’s largest cryptocurrency mining operations at a defunct paper mill in Washington state raises concerns about potential impacts to the grid. (InvestigateWest)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
California announces plans to spend an additional $1 billion to build out its electric vehicle charging network, with the majority going to heavy- and medium-duty vehicle charging. (Bloomberg)
• Berkeley, California’s city council considers offering residents rebates on e-bike purchases. (Berkeleyside)

UTILITIES: A Wyoming man sues the Beartooth Electric Cooperative for allegedly sparking a 2021 wildfire that killed his wife. (Wyoming Tribune Eagle)

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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.