SOLAR: Advocates, industry and federal land managers work to balance ecosystem protection with needed clean energy generation when siting and developing utility-scale solar installations in the desert Southwest. (Los Angeles Times)  

Colorado advocates push back on a utility’s plan to slash net metering compensation for rooftop solar, saying it would violate state law. (Big Pivots)
San Diego Community Power agrees to purchase 77 MW of power from solar-plus-storage facilities being developed in Nevada and California. (San Diego Union-Tribune)
A California firm plans to establish a solar-equipment recycling facility in the Coachella Valley in the southern part of the state. (PV Magazine)    
A developer proposes a 200 MW solar-plus-storage installation on state land in southern New Mexico. (news release)

Arizona regulators approve a rule barring utilities from shutting off customers’ electricity for nonpayment during extreme heat or cold. (Arizona Daily Star)
Eastern Montana residents oppose Montana-Dakota Utilities’ proposed 19.2% rate increase, citing utility executives’ multi-million dollar salaries. (Daily Montanan)

A Colorado media outlet traces the path — and potential impacts — of oil-hauling trains that would cross the state if a proposed Utah railroad is constructed. (Colorado Newsline)
California oil and gas lobbyists step up efforts to kill state legislation that would require companies to disclose greenhouse gas emissions and information regarding carbon offsets. (Capital & Main)

• The U.S. Transportation Department awards a Colorado city $10.7 million to help construct a bus rapid transit line. (Coloradoan, subscription)
A firm plans to establish a commercial-scale facility in Washington that would use clean energy to produce sustainable aviation fuel from carbon dioxide. (news release)

A western Colorado city offers free electric bicycles to 40 income-qualifying residents who live in or commute to downtown. (Grand Junction Sentinel)
Boulder, Colorado, launches an electric bicycle voucher program for residents. (news release)

• South Korean firm LG gears up to construct a battery manufacturing facility in Queen Creek, Arizona, as part of an effort to significantly up U.S. production capacity by 2027. (Canary Media)
Construction begins in Buckeye, Arizona, on a KORE Power battery manufacturing facility expected to employ about 3,000 people. (Arizona Republic, subscription) 

STORAGE: Washington researchers suggest grid operators consider both daily and seasonal energy storage needs when looking to bridge gaps between generation and loads. (news release)

COAL: Federal regulators issue 41 citations for safety violations to the Emery coal mine in Utah. (KUNC)

HYDROPOWER: Demolition begins on four hydropower dams on the Klamath River in southern Oregon and northern California. (East Bay Times)

CLIMATE: A consumer advocacy organization ranks Washington, Oregon, California and Idaho among the nation’s seven “greenest states” based on carbon emissions and other measures, while Wyoming is dead last. (KUNR)

BIOFUELS: A California man is sentenced to six years in prison for defrauding investors out of $9 million with a cow manure-to-energy Ponzi scheme. (CBS News)

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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.