CLIMATE: Arizona utilities use demand-response smart thermostats to adjust customers’ air conditioners during peak demand, avoiding outages during extreme heat. (Canary Media) 

ALSO: Los Angeles tests “cool” pavement that reflects infrared light to minimize heat absorption as heat waves’ frequency and intensity increase. (Los Angeles Times)

Federal officials delay a decision on upping protections for an imperiled Permian Basin lizard to collect more information after the oil and gas industry says the new rules could jeopardize production. (Carlsbad Current-Argus, subscription)
California lawmakers advance legislation aimed at shielding the public from shouldering the costs of orphaned oil and gas well cleanups. (Bakersfield Californian) 
A Colorado county struggles to collect about $100,000 in back taxes from an oil and gas company that recently declared bankruptcy. (Telluride Daily Planet)

California lawmakers consider a bill that would allow the state to procure funding for a proposed pumped hydropower storage facility near San Diego. (San Diego Union-Tribune)
A federal agency considers ending a total of 500 MW of hydropower production at 13 Oregon dams to improve fish passage. (Salem Statesman Journal)
Environmentalists’ proposal to decommission Glen Canyon Dam and end hydropower production gains steam among Colorado River water users. (Fox5)

Nevada regulators order NV Energy to make its sports team sponsorship agreements public, rejecting the utility’s bid to keep details under wraps. (Nevada Current)
A federal appeals court considers lifting a years-long pause on a shareholders’ class-action lawsuit against PG&E over losses incurred as a result of a deadly 2018 California blaze sparked by the utility’s equipment. (Reuters)
California regulators propose a Pacific Gas & Electric rate increase to fund wildfire hazard mitigation. (Associated Press)  

A Navajo Nation energy company receives a $2.6 million federal grant to install residential solar systems on remote tribal land. (KRQE)  
The federal Bureau of Land Management issues NV Energy two solar leases on more than 7,000 acres in Nevada’s Amargosa Valley. (news release) 

NUCLEAR: California’s top air quality regulator says the state must include nuclear in its energy mix until it transitions to 100% clean energy. (Bloomberg)

CARBON CAPTURE: Amazon plans to purchase 250,000 tons of direct-air carbon removal from a company that plans to use some of the captured gas to stimulate aging oil wells. (The Verge) 

A California bill that would require all electric vehicles in the state to be equipped with bidirectional charging technology dies in the state assembly. (CNET)
An automaker opens an electric truck assembly facility in Washington state. (Electrive)
A northern California county installs solar-powered mobile electric vehicle charging stations at regional parks. (North Bay Business Journal)

BIOFUELS: A Colorado company looking to produce jet fuel from corn delays its manufacturing facility’s construction as it pursues a $950 million federal loan. (9News)

• A San Francisco Bay Area city is building an all-electric library expected to be the nation’s largest net-zero energy structure of its kind. (Construction Specifier)
An Oregon nonprofit educates residents on the benefits of electrifying their homes and the incentives available to help them do it. (Reasons to be Cheerful)

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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.