MINING: The U.S. Energy Department conditionally agrees to loan more than $2 billion to the controversial Thacker Pass lithium mine under development in northern Nevada. (Associated Press)


BATTERIES: Hawaii lawmakers consider legislation aimed at encouraging or requiring automakers to recycle spent electric vehicle batteries. (Honolulu Star-Advertiser) 

CLIMATE: An analysis predicts California cannot meet its greenhouse gas reduction goals by 2030 unless it triples efforts to slash carbon emissions, attributing the backslide to a post-pandemic surge in driving and electricity demand. (Los Angeles Times)

WIND: Oregon regulators seek public input on a proposed 300 MW wind facility in the northeastern part of the state. (East Oregonian)



  • An Arizona utility says Google’s agreement to purchase wind and solar energy to power its new Phoenix-area data center will help the utility transition to clean energy. (KJZZ)
  • A southern California county considers two proposed solar-plus-storage projects with a combined 870 MW capacity and a partly solar-powered micro-steel mill equipped with carbon capture. (Bakersfield Californian)


FOSSIL FUELS: A Utah researcher predicts the state’s coal, oil and natural gas production will continue to climb in the near future even as new hydrogen, geothermal and solar facilities come online. (Deseret News) 

UTILITIES: San Diego public power advocates predict establishing a municipal utility would cost $3.5 billion, but current utility SDG&E estimates it could amount to nearly three times as much. (San Diego Union-Tribune, 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.