PG&E: A year after a fund was established to compensate Pacific Gas & Electric-sparked wildfire victims, most have not been paid, and the fund’s value is falling along with the utility’s stocks as the Dixie Fire continues to rage. (Wall Street Journal)

ALSO:
A federal investigation finds PG&E’s faulty software delayed the response to a 2019 San Francisco gas line fire that caused $10 million in damage. (San Francisco Chronicle)
After the utility’s equipment sparked a deadly fire in 2018, PG&E planned this year to bury the power line now suspected of sparking the still-burning Dixie Fire. (Los Angeles Times) 

OIL & GAS:
Kern County will sue California Gov. Gavin Newsom after state regulators rejected 77 hydraulic fracturing permit applications over the last month. (Bakersfield Californian)
Noble Energy, a Chevron subsidiary, agrees to pay a $1 million penalty for oil spills at its Colorado facilities that violated the Clean Water Act. (KDVR)
• Data connect recent West Texas earthquakes with reinjecting oil and gas wastewater underground in New Mexico’s Permian Basin. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)
A Colorado oil and gas company will pay a $1.3 million penalty for drilling on federal land without a permit or lease. (E&E News, subscription)

CLIMATE:
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown declares a heat state of emergency as this summer’s second round of triple-digit temperatures grips the state. (Portland Tribune)
A 160,000-acre wildfire burning in Eastern Montana threatens hundreds of homes and two communities. (KPVI) 

COAL: Owners of the Colstrip coal-fired power plant in Montana ask a federal judge to stop the enforcement of a state law  intended to keep the plant from being retired. (Montana Public Radio)

ELECTRIFICATION: Environmentalists go to court to stop an initiative that would prohibit Spokane, Washington, from banning natural gas hookups in new construction. (Spokesman-Review)

TRANSPORTATION:
California allocates $82 million to local transportation projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and provide expanded bus and rail service to disadvantaged communities. (Escalon Times)
A small Idaho city considers requiring all new houses to be equipped with electric vehicle charging outlets. (Idaho Mountain Express)

SOLAR: Construction begins on a 35-acre solar facility near Aspen, Colorado, that nearby residents had opposed over concerns about its visual impact. (Aspen Times)

WIND: Interior Secretary Deb Haaland tours potential offshore wind sites at Humboldt Bay, California. (news release)

COMMENTARY:
A Wyoming activist says an advanced nuclear reactor planned for the state shouldn’t be built until the state institutes a procedure for safe, permanent storage of the waste. (Casper Star-Tribune)
The latest “sobering” international climate report should prod leaders to transform electricity grids, develop better transportation systems and end deforestation, an editorial board writes. (Yakima Herald)