OIL & GAS: California Gov. Gavin Newsom signs a bill requiring oil and gas companies to put up the full cost of plugging and reclaiming low-producing wells before they are transferred to new owners. (Daily Kos)


LITHIUM: The Reno-Sparks Indian Colony and other tribal nations in Nevada say they were not adequately consulted before federal land managers greenlit the Thacker Pass lithium mine on land they consider sacred. (Sierra Nevada Ally) 



CLEAN ENERGY: A California city waives permitting fees for residential rooftop solar, battery systems, solar hot water heaters and electric vehicle charging stations to align codes with its climate action plan. (Coronado Times)

HYDROPOWER: A Wyoming municipal utility brings a hydroelectric plant online to power a water treatment facility and export power to the grid. (Wyoming Tribune Eagle)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: An Arizona electric cooperative establishes a flat monthly electric vehicle charging fee during non-peak demand hours. (Arizona Daily Star)


NUCLEAR: A blockchain firm looks to power two data centers with small modular nuclear reactors manufactured by Oregon startup NuScale. (Data Center Dynamics) 

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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.