TRANSPORTATION: Washington state and Oregon officials say they plan to follow California’s lead and ban sales of new gasoline-powered cars by 2035. (KOIN)

OIL & GAS:
The U.S. Interior Department awards $560 million to 24 states to plug and reclaim abandoned oil and gas wells, the largest oilfield cleanup investment in history. (E&E News)
Colorado regulators order an oil and gas tank facility to shut down after repeated pollution violations. (Coloradoan)
Environmentalists sue the federal Bureau of Land Management over its approval of an Alaska oil exploration program, saying the agency failed to consider potential climate impacts. (Anchorage Daily News)
The owner of a pipeline that ruptured off the southern California coast last year and spilled 25,000 gallons of crude settles a class-action lawsuit filed by affected businesses. (Associated Press)
The Biden administration agrees to reevaluate offshore drilling’s threat to endangered species to settle a lawsuit stemming from last year’s oil pipeline spill off the southern California coast. (E&E News, subscription)
California lawmakers introduce a bill that would require a 3,200-foot setback between new oil and gas wells and school and hospitals and strict emissions controls on existing wells. (Politico)
Climate advocates criticize news outlets Chevron operates in the Permian Basin and Richmond, California, saying they are propaganda. (Heated)  

COAL: Montana ranchers and conservationists call on state regulators to revoke the Signal Peak coal mine’s operating permit, saying it is damaging the land and contaminating groundwater. (KTVQ)

TRANSITION: During a visit to northwestern New Mexico, U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland announces the creation of a federal team to facilitate energy transitions in coal-affected communities. (NM Political Report)  

SOLAR: California lawmakers pass a bill that would streamline residential solar and storage permitting. (PV Tech) 

GRID:
California regulators explore ways to modernize the grid to accommodate anticipated growth of distributed energy resources. (PV Magazine)  
Pacific Gas & Electric searches for the cause of an outage that left more than 24,000 Oakland customers without power. (San Francisco Chronicle) 

UTILITIES:
Idaho Power agrees to pay $1.5 million to settle a federal civil action relating to Oregon wildfires in 2014 and 2015. (news release)
A Colorado town agrees to permit a proposed Xcel Energy substation if the utility addresses residents’ concerns about electromagnetic field radiation. (Reporter-Herald)  

NUCLEAR: A Washington state utility considers partnering with a developer to install a small modular nuclear reactor to meet growing power demand. (KUOW) 

CLIMATE: California environmentalists laud Gov. Gavin Newsom’s proposed climate change package, but criticize its reliance on carbon capture and the continued operation of  a nuclear plant. (San Francisco Chronicle)

COMMENTARY: A California editorial board says clean energy costs must drop so that fighting climate change does not exacerbate economic inequality. (San Diego Union-Tribune)

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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.