HYDROGEN: Residents of a small Utah town look to a proposed green hydrogen production and energy storage facility to fill the economic void left when a coal power plant closes. (Associated Press)

ALSO: Southern California Gas Co. begins testing a system that converts organic waste into hydrogen and methane fuel. (news release)

CLEAN ENERGY:
Renewable energy advocates laud a provision in California’s sweeping new energy law aimed at expediting wind and solar development, but some groups worry it will stymie local control. (San Diego Union-Tribune)
Portland, Oregon’s city council approves $122 million in clean energy fund grants, with most of them going to projects in low-income communities of color. (Willamette Week) 

SOLAR: An Oregon researcher finds that installing solar panels among farm crops can shelter the plants from frost and heat and reduce water use. (OPB)  

TRANSPORTATION: California advocates sue the U.S. EPA over the agency’s delayed approval of a state rule that would steer public transit agencies toward zero-emission buses. (E&E News, subscription) 

COAL: An upstart energy company continues efforts to keep a New Mexico coal power plant operating beyond its scheduled September retirement, even though the plant’s owner is proceeding with shutdown plans. (Farmington Daily Times)

OIL & GAS: Utah regulators consider penalizing an energy company for botching the ongoing cleanup of an oil spill that occurred last fall. (Salt Lake Tribune)

UTILITIES:
San Francisco’s board of supervisors urge California Gov. Gavin Newsom to block Pacific Gas & Electric from making customers pay for a wildfire victim compensation fund. (San Francisco Examiner) 
Hawaiian Electric proposes investing $190 million over five years on upgrading its grid to make it more resilient to climate change-exacerbated extreme weather. (Utility Dive)

GRID: A California utility partners with an energy startup on a program allowing electric school buses to send power back to the grid when electricity load is high. (NGT News)

ELECTRIFICATION: A Colorado resort town considers requiring all-electric space and water heating and appliances in new construction. (Crested Butte News)

LITHIUM: Ford Motor Company agrees to purchase lithium from the proposed Rhyolite Ridge project in Nevada that still faces numerous permitting hurdles. (news release) 

COMMENTARY:
A Colorado journalist proposes establishing a restoration economy that puts displaced miners and oil and gas drillers to work cleaning up abandoned mines and wells. (High Country News)
A New Mexico editorial board calls on lawmakers to consider paying oil and gas funded dividends to residents annually rather than just during election years. (Albuquerque Journal) 

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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.