GRID: Triple-digit temperatures forecast this week for inland California prompt grid operators to issue a statewide conservation alert to reduce strain on the power system. (Los Angeles Times)

STORAGE: Phase 1 of California’s Moss Landing Energy Storage Facility, the world’s largest, remains offline after batteries overheated this past weekend. (PV Magazine)  

SOLAR: California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s plan to shift solar-permitting power away from counties to the state didn’t make it into a state energy bill enacted today. (KGET)

OIL & GAS:
Alaska’s Supreme Court orders state regulators to investigate a Hilcorp Energy Company pipeline that has repeatedly leaked natural gas into Cook Inlet. (Reuters)
A New Mexico environmental group files an intent to sue the EPA over growing ozone pollution in the Permian Basin. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)  
The California Independent Petroleum Association files for bankruptcy after a court orders it to pay opponents’ attorney fees for a lawsuit regarding Los Angeles oil and gas regulations. (Sacramento Business Journal)

UTILITIES:
A suburban Colorado electric cooperative sues Xcel Energy over outages at and alleged mismanagement of the Comanche 3 coal-fired power plant, of which the two entities share ownership. (Colorado Sun)
Southern California Gas Co. agrees to settle a lawsuit against state regulators, which claimed they ignored a law requiring them to consider the benefits of natural gas. (Los Angeles Times)  
A California community choice aggregator agrees to purchase a 35 MW share of a geothermal complex in Sonoma County. (news release)
More than 500,000 Washington state households risk losing electricity when a moratorium on shutoffs for non-payment ends Sept. 30. (news release)

CLIMATE:
The potential recall of California Gov. Gavin Newsom next week could significantly curb the state’s aggressive climate policies with nationwide implications. (New York Times)
• Researchers find climate change is driving Western wildfires into higher elevations where blazes once were rare. (news release)
Climate change-exacerbated extreme heat, drought and flash floods are harming Western trout fisheries. (Associated Press)
California fire danger remains high even as firefighters get a handle on the devastating Caldor Fire in the northern part of the state. (Associated Press) 

HYDROGEN: A would-be developer of a proposed green hydrogen hub in Los Angeles says a dedicated pipeline grid and existing natural gas lines will be necessary to make the project viable. (S&P Global)

BIOFUEL: An energy company plans to build a pilot plant that converts sewage into biofuel without producing methane emissions at a California treatment plant. (Press-Telegram)  

TRANSPORTATION: A Swiss-American startup says it plans to build a full-scale prototype of a carbon-neutral hyperloop ground transportation system in Pueblo, Colorado. (KOAA)

COMMENTARY:
A California climate advocate argues for constructing new transmission links to bolster grid reliability and access out-of-state wind and solar resources during times of heat-induced grid strain. (Utility Dive)
Oregon lawmakers must curb urban sprawl and stop building associated new highways in order to stem climate change, a land-use watchdog says. (Mail-Tribune)

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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.