HYDROGEN: Advocates push back against a proposed hydrogen pipeline that would cross the Navajo Nation, saying it is a perpetuation of the energy colonialism that has ravaged the region for over a century. (Capital & Main)

ALSO: California’s energy commission awards $5 million to a company looking to convert forest biomass into hydrogen fuel. (Biomass Magazine)

OIL & GAS:
California has slowed oil and gas well permitting nearly to a halt, issuing just seven drilling permits so far this year compared to 200 by this date in 2022. (Reuters)
Alaska considers repealing regulations on aboveground petroleum-product storage tanks. (Alaska Beacon)
• Navajo Nation leaders offer support to mineral rights owners that could be affected by a ban on new oil and gas leases around Chaco Culture National Historical Park. (KNAU)

WIND:
An Alaska startup proposes a 235 MW wind power facility on state land near Anchorage. (Alaska Beacon)
A California county’s planning commission considers allowing a wind power facility to begin operating even though it has not received a federal permit to harm or kill golden eagles. (Noozhawk)

SOLAR:
Researchers find many agricultural crops in the arid West thrive in the shade of solar arrays, further demonstrating agrivoltaics’ feasibility. (Ensia)
A California commercial real estate firm breaks ground on 1.7 MW of parking canopy solar arrays. (Solar Power World)

GRID:
Nevada advocates urge federal officials to route the proposed Greenlink West transmission project around the Tule Springs Fossil Bed National Monument. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
• Bonneville Power Administration proposes building a new substation and power line in central Oregon to shore up the grid and accommodate growth. (KTVZ)
California energy officials say they have added enough generating capacity to the state’s power grid to meet high electricity demand expected to be driven by this week’s predicted heat wave. (ABC10)
A mylar balloon strikes a transmission line in Utah, leaving more than 2,600 customers without power. (FOX13) 

NUCLEAR:
Pacific Gas & Electric gets the go-ahead to spend $2.5 million to prepare a decommissioning report for the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant. (Sacramento Bee)  
California startup Oklo plans to merge with an acquisition firm to help finance its effort to develop advanced nuclear reactors and a reactor fuel recycling service. (UPI)
A Utah poll finds 65% of respondents would support the development of a nuclear power plant in the state. (Deseret News)

CLIMATE: Arizona joins the U.S. Climate Alliance for the first time, while Nevada withdraws from the coalition of governors looking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. (Arizona Republic, Nevada Independent)

CARBON CAPTURE: The U.S. Energy Department awards $6.3 million to carbon capture and sequestration research projects in New Mexico, Utah, Alaska and Wyoming. (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.