COAL: A northwestern Washington state county votes to prohibit new construction of fossil fuel infrastructure — a decision sparked by fights over since-rejected plans to build coal and oil hubs there. (Inside Climate News)

The Biden administration slashed Arch Resources’ coal royalty rate at its Elk Creek mine in Colorado and Coal Creek mine in Wyoming, lowering costs for the company despite the president’s pledges to reduce fossil fuel dependence. (E&E News, subscription)
Arch Resources nets $40 million in second-quarter profit from its Black Thunder and Coal Creek mines in Wyoming, crediting rising demand and prices for coal. (Gillette News-Record)
Bureau of Land Management officials believe a burning coal seam may have ignited a Wyoming wildfire that has burned 3,000 acres so far. (Oil City News)

OIL & GAS: A Colorado county adopts strict oil and gas regulations — including 2,000-foot setbacks from homes, schools and parks — that industry officials say amount to a drilling ban. (Colorado Sun)

LITHIUM: A federal judge rules the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony and Atsa kookakuh wyh Nuwu/People of Red Mountain may join an environmentalists’ lawsuit seeking to block the proposed Thacker Pass lithium mine in Nevada. (Reuters)

SOLAR: California rooftop solar installers say the threat of conservation alerts and rolling power outages have driven an increase in installations this summer. (KTVU)

Public Service Company of New Mexico warns state regulators of potential brownouts next summer as construction is delayed on solar projects to replace the closing San Juan Generating Station. (Santa Fe New Mexican)
Tesla customers in California will not be paid to participate in a “virtual grid” in which they send excess power from Powerwall batteries back to the grid during times of high demand. (Canary Media)

WIND: The Biden administration identifies another area off the California coast for potential wind power development. (Tribune)

UTILITIES: Public Service Company of New Mexico and Avangrid continue to negotiate with critics of a proposed merger between the two entities to garner support before next month’s hearings. (Albuquerque Journal) 

CLIMATE: Record-high temperatures and smoke from West Coast wildfires plagued the Interior Northwest this week as another “heat dome” covered the region. (Associated Press)

TRANSPORTATION: Nevada regulators move closer to adopting more stringent tailpipe emissions standards and rules to bring more zero-emissions vehicles to market as both the auto industry and environmentalists voice support for the standards. (Nevada Independent)

GEOTHERMAL: A California county approves proposed upgrades to an Imperial Valley geothermal facility despite opposition from local residents. (Desert Review)

EFFICIENCY: Computer giant Dell will no longer ship some versions of its gaming products to California, Oregon, Hawaii, Washington and Colorado because the PCs do not meet new energy efficiency standards. (Guardian)

COMMENTARY: Federal regulators’ handling of Colorado and New Mexico cooperatives’ push to end their membership with Tri-State Generation bodes well for efforts to reform the transmission and generation model, two Colorado lawyers say. (Utility Dive)

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.