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UTILITIES: Arizona regulators reject Salt River Project’s bid to expand a natural gas power plant in a historically Black community in the southeastern part of the state. (12News)

ALSO: NV Energy seeks proposals for renewable power projects of 20 MW or more. (news release)

SOLAR:
The federal Bureau of Land Management advances a 700 MW solar-plus-storage project proposed for 5,127 acres west of Las Vegas. (news release)
A California accountant is sentenced to six years in prison and fined $624 million for his role in a billion-dollar Ponzi scheme that involved selling mobile solar generators. (Associated Press)
A Nevada gold mine plans to construct a 200 MW solar facility to power its operations. (news release)
A Colorado county joins an effort to start a regional community solar cooperative. (Steamboat Pilot)

GRID: A Colorado power line project exemplifies how transmission buildouts aimed at facilitating wind and solar development are often held up by reluctant landowners and wildlife habitat concerns. (Bloomberg)

WIND: A floating offshore wind installation proposed along the Washington coast would be the West’s largest project of its kind. (E&E News)

STORAGE: A California startup works to scale up its thermal energy storage device that its founder says is “essentially a giant toaster.” (Canary Media) 

OIL & GAS:
The U.S. EPA downgrades Colorado’s urban Front Range ozone pollution from “serious” to “severe,” requiring the state to implement more stringent air quality controls. (Colorado Sun)
California researchers find historically redlined neighborhoods contain nearly twice as many oil and gas wells as neighborhoods historically considered “desirable.” (Grist)

COAL: Wyoming fossil fuel companies seek state tax breaks even as they reap profits from high commodity prices. (Jackson Hole News & Guide) 

HYDROPOWER: Federal officials consider reducing water releases from Glen Canyon Dam this summer to keep reservoir levels above the minimum needed to produce hydroelectricity. (Colorado Sun)

TRANSPORTATION:
Colorado Democratic lawmakers propose delaying a new gasoline fee’s implementation until after the November election. (Colorado Sun)
Colorado energy officials say they have completed construction on the first of six electric vehicle fast charging corridors. (news release)
A Washington state utility installs eight electric vehicle charging stations along a scenic byway in the eastern part of the state. (KNDO)

ELECTRIFICATION: Eugene, Oregon’s city council considers banning natural gas hookups in new construction. (Register-Guard)   

LITHIUM: Environmentalists urge federal wildlife officials to extend endangered species protections to a Nevada toad they say is threatened by a proposed lithium project. (news release) 

COMMENTARY: A California advocate says a proposed $400 per-vehicle fuel cost relief payment disproportionately benefits the wealthy and stymies climate goals. (CalMatters)

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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.