CLEAN ENERGY: Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs vetoes legislation that would have imposed new requirements on utility-scale solar and wind installations, saying it would have a “deep chilling effect” on clean energy development. (Arizona Capitol Times)

New Mexico regulators investigate alleged errors in the selection process for community solar projects. (Source NM)
• California scientists call for more research on how proposed offshore wind development along the state’s central coast could affect marine life. (KCBX)

California researchers find race-blind regulations aimed at reducing greenhouse gasses could maintain or exacerbate environmental inequality by shifting other pollution onto communities of color. (Grist)
California researchers find natural gas and propane stoves emit unsafe levels of benzene, a known carcinogen. (New York Times)
• California advocates say the only way to solve Los Angeles’ smog problem is to stop burning fossil fuels altogether, not just incrementally make combustion cleaner. (Sierra)

CLIMATE: Montana officials say a youths’ climate lawsuit over its fossil fuel-friendly policies will not affect permitting practices, even if the state loses. (Washington Post)

New Mexico advocates laud a new oil and gas lease moratorium on state lands near schools, but call for broader setbacks for wells. (NM Political Report)
The federal Bureau of Land Management plans to auction 95,351 acres of oil and gas leases in Wyoming in September. (news release) 

FOSSIL FUELS: Campbell County, Wyoming, sees its assessed value jump by $1.2 billion following increases in oil, natural gas and coal prices. (Cowboy State Daily)

UTILITIES: PacifiCorp asks Oregon regulators to let it defer paying damages stemming from 2020 wildfires and potentially pass those costs onto ratepayers. (OPB)  

Nikola Motor says it will lay off 120 employees at its electric truck manufacturing facility in Arizona. (3TV/CBS 5)
Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs vetoes a bill proposed by an electric vehicle manufacturer that would have allowed visitors to purchase cars without paying sales tax. (Arizona Daily Star) 

• The U.S. rail industry sues to block a California rule phasing out diesel-powered locomotives, saying it would harm railroads across the country. (ABC News)
Los Angeles transit officials say a newly opened 1.9-mile downtown light-rail line provides a “missing link” in the city’s expanding rail system. (Los Angeles Times)

LITHIUM: Indigenous advocates continue to push back on the Thacker Pass lithium mine in Nevada, calling it a form of “green colonialism” that threatens the environment and sacred places. (Associated Press)

TRANSMISSION: A Colorado rural electric association withdraws its application for a proposed 10.5-mile transmission line to a natural gas compression plant after residents protest potential impacts to views. (Pueblo Chieftain)

GRID: The U.S. Energy Department awards three Western states and a tribal nation $26 million to upgrade power grids and harden them against extreme weather. (Idaho Capital Sun)

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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.