PUBLIC LANDS: Wyoming lawmakers consider prohibiting state and local officials from cooperating with federal land managers after the Biden administration proposes blocking oil and gas development on 2.2 million acres. (WyoFile)

DATA CENTER: A data center under construction in Arvada, Colorado, is set to become one of Xcel Energy’s largest power customers, rivaling a steel mill and molybdenum mine. (Colorado Sun)

COAL: A legislative audit finds the Intermountain coal plant in central Utah operates with little state oversight and ships most of its power to California, irking some state lawmakers. (Deseret News)


BATTERIES: San Diego, California, considers regulating lithium-ion battery storage and disposal and restricting grid-scale energy storage facility locations following an upsurge in public safety concerns. (San Diego Union-Tribune) 



UTILITIES: California consumer and environmental advocates urge regulators to reject Pacific Gas & Electric’s proposal to sell off power plants, saying it would raise costs and threaten dam safety. (E&E News, subscription)

ELECTRIFICATION: Heating and cooling equipment firms agree to support California’s goal of installing 6 million heat pumps by 2030. (RTO Insider, subscription)

CLIMATE: Montana advocates urge regulators to live up to an August court ruling by considering climate change impacts when issuing air quality permits.  (Helena Independent Record)

CLEAN ENERGY: Southern California residents and advocates push Pasadena officials to declare a climate emergency and pledge to transition from mostly coal power to clean energy by 2030. (LAist)

GEOTHERMAL: The federal Bureau of Land Management plans to auction geothermal leases on 45 parcels covering 135,000 acres in Nevada. (news release)

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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.