POLITICS: The shape of Arizona’s energy future could hinge on November’s governor’s race, pitting a renewables- and efficiency-friendly Democrat against a nuclear-boosting Republican. (E&E News)

UTILITIES:
A report commissioned by California regulators finds aging infrastructure and supply chain constraints have hampered Pacific Gas & Electric’s efforts to reduce wildfire risk. (Merced Sun-Star)  
• An Arizona ballot measure that would require political nonprofits to disclose donors’ identities stems from a 2014 case in which the state’s largest utility secretly spent $10.7 million on a regulatory board election. (Marketplace)

OIL & GAS:
A methane emissions provision in the Inflation Reduction Act could unintentionally spur oil and gas development in New Mexico, where methane rules are strong but funding for enforcement is sparse. (Capital & Main)  
A California judge allows Kern County to repair flaws in its plan to streamline oil and gas permitting rather than invalidating the document as environmental groups urged. (Bakersfield Californian)

COAL:
• Colorado environmental justice advocates call on regulators to step up monitoring of pollution from a coal power plant and other industrial facilities in Pueblo. (Colorado Sun)
• A developer proposes constructing a truck-to-rail loading facility in southwestern Utah that could be used to ship coal from a nearby mine to West Coast export terminals. (Salt Lake Tribune)

EFFICIENCY: Utah clean energy advocates say proposed state energy efficiency mandates would reduce greenhouse gas emissions and utility bills, making housing more affordable in the long run. (KSL)

SOLAR: Seven utility scale solar projects are in various stages of development on federal land in La Paz County, Arizona, including a proposed 350 MW facility and an approved 600 MW installation expected to go online next year. (Parker Pioneer) 

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• California launches a demonstration vehicle-to-building project using stored energy in electric transit buses to power air-conditioning at a public library. (news release)
• Tesla opens a second dealership on tribal land in New Mexico, enabling the company to bypass a state law that prohibits manufacturer-direct car sales and repairs. (Source NM)

NUCLEAR: A Washington state startup launches a feasibility study for installing a nuclear fusion unit at the state’s last remaining coal power plant. (Nuclear Engineering International)

COMMENTARY:
A Wyoming rancher urges southern Idaho residents to support a proposed wind power facility, saying his state has reaped benefits — with minimal drawbacks — from similar development. (Idaho Capital Sun)
A California editorial board urges voters to reject a “precipitous and premature” ballot measure that would tax the wealthy to fund electric vehicle subsidies. (San Diego Union-Tribune)

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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.