SOLAR: An Arizona utility regulator proposes slashing net metering compensation for rooftop solar by 37%, saying the incentive is no longer necessary. (12 News)

An Alaska utility’s report finds it can forestall the need to import expensive liquefied natural gas with increased conservation efforts and expedited clean energy development. (Alaska Beacon)
Victims of the Maui wildfires adopt a legal strategy used against California utilities in their bid to secure compensation from Hawaiian Electric. (Honolulu Star-Advertiser)
Nevada’s consumer protection agency calls on NV Energy to divulge details of perks it received from ratepayer-funded sponsorship deals. (Nevada Current)

California analyses find wildfire hazard-related public safety power shutoffs are more frequent and last longer in the northern rural parts of the state. (Orange County Register)
Thousands of utility customers remain without power in northern California as wildfires grow to over 40,000 acres. (East Bay Times)

LITHIUM: Utah lawmakers consider tightening mineral extraction regulations for the Great Salt Lake following a dispute between state regulators and a lithium mining company. (FOX 13)

California climate advocates say a pro-carbon capture and storage campaign mischaracterizes the groups’ position on the technology. (Politico)  
Washington state advocates and the logging industry spar over whether a forest is more valuable as a carbon sink or harvested for timber. (Crosscut)

TRANSITION: Kern County — California’s leading oil and solar and wind power producer — now looks to become a carbon management industry leader. (Noema)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A coalition plans to launch a first-of-its-kind hybrid battery-diesel-powered fishing vessel in Alaska this fall. (news release) 

TRANSPORTATION: A Colorado lawmaker proposes increasing public transit funding to expand transportation networks. (CPR) 

POLLUTION: Colorado sues the U.S. EPA to block the agency from holding up the state’s air quality plan until it opens pollution records to the public. (Colorado Sun)

OIL & GAS: The federal Bureau of Land Management proposes leasing more than 6,000 acres for oil and gas drilling in the Permian Basin and Kansas. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)

HYDROGEN: The U.S. Energy Department awards more than $15 million to clean hydrogen production, storage and transport research projects in Western states. (news release)

COMMENTARY: Montana advocates urge regulators to reject NorthWestern Energy’s proposed resource plan, saying it is costly, dirty and aimed at maximizing shareholder profit. (Daily Montanan)

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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.