UTILITIES: Security camera video and grid-monitoring data suggest Hawaiian Electric’s utility equipment sparked at least one of the deadly Maui wildfires. (Washington Post)

California regulators approve a plan to keep three natural gas power plants running until 2026 for use as backup during high electricity demand. (Politico)  
The U.S. Interior Department launches a $150 million program aimed at bringing electricity to homes in Indigenous communities. (Associated Press)

California advocates call on state leaders to confront the fossil fuel industry and end reliance on natural gas and petroleum. (Los Angeles Times)
California regulators adopt codes limiting the amount of “embodied” carbon in materials used in new large construction projects. (Planetizen)
• Some Colorado communities begin requiring homeowners to install solar panels or pay a climate fee to offset energy or carbon-intensive outdoor amenities such as hot tubs or driveway snow-melting systems. (Colorado Sun)

CLEAN ENERGY: A small Oregon town looks to adopt clean energy technologies and become more climate-resilient after suffering through increasingly frequent heat waves. (OPB) 

WIND: Federal regulators designate two potential wind development lease areas off Oregon’s coast and convene a task force to narrow down sites and tackle related issues. (E&E News)  

A startup secures financing to establish a perovskite-coated solar glass manufacturing facility in southern California. (PV Tech)
Commercial operations begin at a 75 MW solar installation in southern California that powers an electric vehicle charging network. (elektrek)

GEOTHERMAL: A developer begins geothermal exploratory work at a dormant volcano in Alaska. (KBBI)

OIL & GAS: The federal Bureau of Land Management seeks public input on proposed oil and gas leases on about 600 acres in New Mexico and Oklahoma. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)

Arizona electric vehicle maker Nikola recalls 209 trucks to repair a battery pack flaw that can lead to fires. (CNBC)
Seattle’s city council looks to expedite electric vehicle charger deployment by allowing the municipal utility to install stations on leased private property. (My Northwest) 

A federal appeals court upholds Wyoming’s air pollution plans for a coal plant and rejects environmentalists’ petition to overturn the U.S. EPA’s approval of a regional haze plan for Utah coal plants. (Courthouse News, news release)
Indigenous tribal nations in Idaho and Montana call on the Canadian government to clamp down on transboundary pollution from British Columbia coal mines. (Missoulian)

NUCLEAR: A Washington public utility opts out of a proposed nuclear reactor feasibility study, but remains open to using the power if such a facility is built. (Peninsula Daily News)

PUBLIC LANDS: Utah appeals a federal court’s dismissal of its lawsuit seeking to shrink or eliminate Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments. (KSLTV)

COMMENTARY: A Wyoming conservationist says the Biden administration’s proposal to raise reclamation bonds on oil and gas wells will hold the industry accountable for its messes. (Casper Star-Tribune)

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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.