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TRANSITION: A labor union accuses a shuttered New Mexico coal mine operator of withholding and unequally distributing state energy transition funds to displaced workers. (High Country News)



DIVESTMENT: California’s public pension system considers dumping its investments in companies with inadequate climate plans and expanding its stake in firms focused on reducing emissions. (E&E News) 

UTILITIES: Some southern California residents push back on San Diego Gas & Electric’s proposal to comply with state law by implementing an income-based rate structure. (Fox 5)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham proposes tax credits toward electrical vehicle purchases for low-income residents and small businesses. (Associated Press)

NUCLEAR: Oil and gas operators in the Permian Basin urge U.S. lawmakers to block a proposed interim nuclear waste depository in southeastern New Mexico. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)

OIL & GAS: A petroleum company plans to invest $3.1 billion to expand its natural gas infrastructure in the Permian Basin to accommodate anticipated production growth. (Journal of Petroleum Technology)


POLITICS: The Republican-led U.S. House passes a bill that would slash environment-related spending and block higher royalty rates for oil and gas drilling on federal land. (S&P Global)

GRID: Pacific Gas & Electric brings a solar-plus-storage powered remote grid online at a nature preserve in northern California. (Electrek)

HYDROGEN: A California startup looks to jumpstart the hydrogen industry by developing a more efficient method of storing and transporting the fuel. (Forbes)

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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.