HYDROPOWER: Drought-caused low water levels have reduced the hydropower generation capacity of Hoover Dam and Glen Canyon Dam by 25% and 41% respectively, straining Southwest energy supplies. (Power)  

ALSO: A federal judge orders Oregon dam operators to improve passage for threatened chinook salmon and steelhead trout, which likely will diminish hydropower generation. (OPB)

GRID: A second round of severe storms in Southern California this week knocks down 100 power poles, leaving 6,500 households without electricity. (Desert Sun)

UTILITIES:
Tucson, Arizona, residents and community advocates push Tucson Electric Power to bury a high-voltage transmission line it plans to build through historic neighborhoods. (Arizona Daily Star)
Utilities in drought-addled Southwestern Colorado take advantage of “rapidly evolving” wildfire mitigation technology to inspect and upgrade equipment. (Durango Herald)    

COAL:
Talen Energy, the only owner of Montana’s Colstrip power plant wanting to keep it running past its 2025 retirement date, tells investors it faces serious financial troubles. (Billings Gazette)
A Wyoming company proposes rehabilitating a defunct Northern California railroad in what some California lawmakers say seems to be a plan to ship Powder River Basin coal to the coast for overseas export. (Lost Coast Outpost)

SOLAR:
The federal Bureau of Land Management launches a rulemaking process to facilitate solar, wind and transmission development on public lands. (PV Magazine)
California lawmakers pass a bill to extend a property tax exemption to solar projects that change ownership, which advocates say is a “much needed fix.” (Renewable Energy World)
Clean Power Alliance, a Los Angeles-area community choice aggregator, agrees to purchase power from a to-be-developed 300 MW solar-plus-storage facility planned for California’s Riverside County. (news release)

LITHIUM: Tribal activists stage a “peaceful occupation” on public land in Nevada to protest the proposed Thacker Pass lithium mine and its potential impacts to the environment and cultural resources. (National Public Radio) 

CLIMATE:
President Joe Biden says Western wildfires are reminders the “climate crisis” has arrived and the nation must take immediate action to stem it while declaring a federal disaster for California’s fire-affected areas. (Associated Press)
Researchers at Pacific Northwest Laboratory develop a method to convert captured carbon dioxide into methane, which could then be used to make synthetic natural gas. (news release)

COMMENTARY:
An Arizona education advocate says the state’s clean energy effort will result in a $2 billion windfall, contrary to “misinformation campaign” claims that it will cause utility bills to soar. (Arizona Daily Star)  
• A Colorado policy analyst says the costs to clean up abandoned oil and gas wells should be put back where they belong: “on the oil and gas companies who made the mess.” (Colorado Newsline)