GRID: California grid operators declare a stage-two emergency after a huge wildfire takes out the Oregon-California intertie — which carries 4,800 megawatts of hydropower to California — just as extreme heat drives up power demand. (Oregonian)

ALSO:
Severe monsoonal storms in Arizona damage grid infrastructure, knocking out power to 60,000 Phoenix-area homes and businesses. (Arizona Republic)
As Las Vegas matches its all-time record high of 117 F, Nevada grid operators ask residents to conserve power to relieve grid strain. (Las Vegas Review-Journal) 

CLIMATE:
Death Valley matches an all-time high temperature record of 130°F as extreme heat grips the West. (New York Times)
Amid warnings of an impending climate crisis, a California city begins developing a sustainability plan. (Voice of OC)
The operators of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline install ground-cooling systems to prevent further damage from melting permafrost. (Inside Climate News)

OIL & GAS:
• California regulators deny 21 drilling permits as the state looks to phase out hydraulic fracturing. (Associated Press)
Wyoming allocates $15 million in federal COVID-relief funds to 216 oil and gas projects around the state. (Casper Star-Tribune)
• An international lobbying firm pushes a rural New Mexico county’s pro-oil and gas stances in Santa Fe and Washington, D.C., while also giving industry access to local officials. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
Fort Collins, Colorado, deploys 200 e-bikes and 400 e-scooters around the city to lure residents out of their cars. (KUNC)
A Washington county sheriff’s department adds an electric patrol car to its fleet. (HeraldNet)

LITHIUM: Stellantis, the world’s fourth largest automaker, becomes the second company, after GM, to agree to acquire lithium from a proposed extraction facility near the Salton Sea in California. (Reuters)

UTILITIES: A Southern California community energy firm reduces the amount of renewable energy it provides to cut costs. (Desert Sun)

GEOTHERMAL: Researchers in rural Utah complete wells to pump water underground and use the earth’s heat to produce geothermal power. (KUER)

NUCLEAR: The Biden administration signals it will remove uranium from its critical mineral list and reverse a Trump administration policy to fast-track uranium mining permits. (E&E News, subscription)

COMMENTARY:
A New Mexico geologist urges regulators to end “nuclear injustice” in the state by denying two proposed spent nuclear fuel storage facilities. (Albuquerque Journal)
A Navajo community organizer says a 200-megawatt solar facility proposed by the tribal government will not benefit the community where it would be located. (Navajo Times)
A California columnist says the effort to rework the state’s rooftop solar incentives is motivated by utility profits, not ratepayers’ best interests. (Coast News)
A former mayor of Butte, Montana, urges the community to take a “leadership role in green energy” by approving a proposed utility-scale solar project. (Montana Standard)