COAL: Utah lawmakers consider seizing control of the Intermountain power plant as a way to continue burning coal at some of the facility’s units after it’s largely converted to run on natural gas and hydrogen. (Salt Lake Tribune)

OIL & GAS: 

UTILITIES: 

  • California investigators find a sagging utility line contacting a communications cable sparked the deadly 2022 Fairview wildfire in the southern part of the state. (Fresno Bee)
  • A Washington state utility relies on about 800 workers, including 300 mutual aid workers from around the region, to restore natural gas service to thousands of residents following a pipeline rupture. (Lewiston Tribune) 

CLIMATE: 

GRID: 

SOLAR: 

CARBON CAPTURE: Colorado researchers look to develop new methods of measuring, reporting and validating marine carbon dioxide removal and storage.  (Sacramento Bee)  

LITHIUM: An industry group looks to establish a “lithium loop” supply chain — from mineral extraction to battery making — in Nevada, but environmentalists worry about impacts to the state’s delicate ecosystems and dwindling water supplies. (KNPR)

BATTERIES: The U.S. EPA works to recover hundreds of lithium-ion electric vehicle and energy storage batteries from the Maui fire site in Hawaii for recycling. (Maui Now)

GEOTHERMAL: A federal geothermal energy lease sale generates more than $1 million for 33 parcels in Nevada. (RTO Insider, subscription)

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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.