LITHIUM: Lawyers representing environmentalists and tribal nations urge a U.S. appeals court to overturn a judge’s decision allowing construction to begin on the Thacker Pass lithium mine in Nevada. (Associated Press)

• New Mexico advocates criticize utility regulators for reducing the number of open meetings and increasing closed-door sessions, saying they are trying to avoid public scrutiny. (Utility Dive)
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power votes to halt power shut-offs due to nonpayment during extreme weather events. (Los Angeles Times)
More than 80% of San Diego Gas and Electric customers now purchase power from community choice aggregators, fundamentally changing the utility’s role. (KPBS)

A company plans to expand a natural gas processing facility in the Permian Basin to meet growing demand and regional production of the fuel. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)
A New Mexico county in the Permian Basin expects to bring in more than $100 million in oil and gas tax revenue this fiscal year, breaking previous records. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)
An Alaska lawmaker calls on regulators to investigate an oil and gas company operating in the Cook Inlet over potentially reneging on obligations to supply utilities with natural gas. (KTUU)
Environmental advocates say a recent train derailment into the Yellowstone River in Montana highlights the risks of a proposed railway in Utah that would send oil-laden trains alongside the Colorado River. (Common Dreams)  

• California lawmakers agree on a 2023-24 budget allocating $5.1 billion for public transit over four years, potentially saving the agencies from falling off a “fiscal cliff.” (Los Angeles Times)
Utah transit agencies receive more than $24 million in federal funds to transition diesel buses to compressed natural gas and redevelop bus stops. (Deseret News)
Honolulu’s transit agency receives a $20 million federal grant to purchase seven all-electric buses and expand charging capacity. (Honolulu Star-Advertiser)

Washington state considers mandating Tesla’s North American Charging Standard for all federal- and state-funded electric vehicle chargers. (Teslarati)
An advocacy group predicts Arizona’s local and state governments could save $238 million by transitioning light-duty fleets to electric vehicles. (Arizona Republic)

BATTERIES: Southern California Edison agrees to purchase power from a 126 MW battery energy storage system in the Antelope Valley. (Solar Industry) 

A Colorado startup develops an electric-powered heat-pump boiler that can generate steam for industrial process heat applications. (Canary Media)
Opponents of an Oregon city’s proposed natural gas hookup ban step up their gas utility-funded campaign in advance of a November vote on the issue. (KLCC)
A corporation plans to invest $1 billion to expand and extend the life of its Utah copper mine to meet electrification’s growing demand for the metal. (Salt Lake Tribune, subscription)

COAL: Arizona utilities award $100,000 in economic development grants to four communities affected by coal plant closures. (news release)

GEOTHERMAL: The federal Bureau of Land Management seeks public input on the proposed Crescent Valley 30 MW geothermal project in northern Nevada. (news release)

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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.