COAL: Wyoming utility officials say installing carbon capture equipment on existing coal plants — as recommended by a 2020 state law — would cost ratepayers an additional $100 per month. (WyoFile)

OIL & GAS:
Democrats from oil and gas-reliant New Mexico advise the Biden administration not to pit fossil fuels against renewable energy if the party hopes to retain power. (Politico)
• A California oil town grapples with retaining its economy and identity in a fossil fuel-free future. (KVPR)
The Biden administration’s plan to offer fewer Wyoming oil and gas tracts for lease than anticipated draws mixed reviews from environmentalists. (Casper Star-Tribune)
• Researchers find oil and gas sites reclaimed and reseeded with native plants host more pollinators and other insects than unreclaimed facilities. (KPVI) 

HYDROPOWER: California environmental and commercial fishing groups threaten to sue Pacific Gas & Electric over two aging hydropower dams, saying they do not provide adequate passage for endangered fish. (Times-Standard)

UTILITIES: Residents of a California city urge Southern California Edison to bury a planned high-voltage power line after lines are undergrounded in more affluent communities. (Press-Enterprise)

SOLAR:
• New Mexico officials say a federal probe of Asian solar imports is prompting delays and cancellations of utility-scale and residential projects. (Albuquerque Journal)
A Utah school district saves about $10,000 on its summer utility bills after installing solar panels on a single facility. (KSL TV)  

STORAGE:
• Pacific Gas & Electric brings a 182.5 MW Tesla Megapack battery storage system online at its Moss Landing facility in northern California. (news release)
San Diego Gas & Electric upgrades a southern California firefighting airbase’s diesel generator-powered microgrid to run on a 500 KW battery system. (San Diego Union-Tribune)

TRANSPORTATION:
A Colorado airport fuels commercial and private jets with fat-derived biofuel blended with traditional jet kerosene, cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 25%. (Colorado Sun)
A southern California city launches an electric vehicle shuttle service to ferry residents to public transit hubs. (East Bay Times)
Electric vehicle manufacturer Mullen begins battery production at its California facility. (news release)
Colorado’s Department of Public Safety says it drives Gov. Jared Polis around in a gasoline-powered SUV because no electric vehicles meet its protection standards. (Colorado Sun)

LITHIUM: A southern California county works to develop land-use and environmental policies aimed at expediting lithium extraction from the Salton Sea. (KYMA)

GEOTHERMAL: A California community choice aggregator agrees to purchase the entire output of a 26 MW geothermal plant in the Imperial Valley. (Renewables Now) 

NUCLEAR:
• Utilities and startups seek lawmakers’ and regulators’ support as they look to place small modular nuclear reactors in former coal-fired power plants. (Wall Street Journal)
• Utility officials halt demolition work on the shuttered San Onofre nuclear plant near San Diego after a worker is injured. (San Diego-Union Tribune)

COMMENTARY: California energy analysts say natural gas appliances pose substantial health risks and jeopardize efforts to fight climate change. (San Francisco Examiner) 

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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.