MATERIALS: The Biden administration proposes overhauling a federal mining law in a way that would secure a domestic supply of minerals needed for the energy transition while also upping environmental protections. (E&E News)

An Estonian company abandons its federal leases in northeastern Utah and loses access to Colorado River water rights, effectively ending a decades-long effort to mine and process oil shale in the Uinta Basin. (news release)
California lawmakers pass legislation removing an “industrial override” provision favoring coastal oil and gas drilling approvals, even if they don’t meet state resource protection policies. (Courthouse News Service)
The federal Bureau of Land Management brings in $13.2 million from an oil and gas lease sale in Wyoming after removing dozens of parcels to protect wildlife habitat. (WyoFile)
• An Alaska utility looks to revive a dormant proposal to build a natural gas pipeline from the North Slope to the Anchorage area. (Anchorage Daily News)
A former California oil and gas regulator claims he was fired for refusing to enforce a law that was about to be suspended and for blowing the whistle on a plan to halt all drilling permits. (Bakersfield Californian)

U.S. Rep. Mary Peltola, an Alaska Democrat, pushes back on colleagues’ claims that the Willow drilling project is a “carbon bomb,” saying energy demand — not supply — is the true driver of emissions. (E&E News)
• A California school district in a working-class community offers credits for climate advocacy and trains students for clean energy jobs. (Grist)

ELECTRIFICATION: Dozens of California mayors call on Gov. Gavin Newsom to pursue state standards requiring buildings to be all-electric rather than using fossil fuels for cooking and heating. (Utility Dive)

MICROGRIDS: A rural northern California collective community builds a solar and hydroelectric powered microgrid to reduce its reliance on Pacific Gas & Electric. (Yes Magazine)  

A southern Arizona city considers building a 10 MW solar-plus-storage installation. (Gila Valley Central)
Oregon offers homeowners and service providers in the central part of the state rebates for rooftop solar and energy storage installations. (KTVZ) 

A Nevada regulator proposes requiring NV Energy to disclose details of ratepayer funded sponsorship agreements after controversy erupts over associated benefits. (Nevada Current)
Hawaii utility regulators hold off on investigating the deadly Maui fires but leave the door open for a future probe. (Honolulu Civil Beat)

TRANSPORTATION: Sacramento, California, aims to cut carbon emissions, improve public health and boost the economy by making streets more friendly to walking and biking. (Sacramento Bee) 

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: California earmarks $38 million for rebates for installing electric vehicle charging stations in economically disadvantaged areas. (San Diego Union-Tribune)

COMMENTARY: A columnist says a planned 3,000 MW Wyoming wind facility and associated high-voltage transmission line are set to transform the coal-producing state into a clean energy powerhouse. (Reuters)

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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.