ELECTRIFICATION: A California partnership launches a home efficiency, electrification and rooftop solar pilot project on a single city block with hopes of one day scaling up the effort. (KQED)


CLEAN ENERGY: An analysis predicts the federal Inflation Reduction Act’s incentives will spur the creation of more than 10,000 new clean energy jobs in Western states. (Canary Media)

WIND: Idaho residents and elected officials continue their fight against the proposed Lava Ridge wind facility on federal land in the southern part of the state. (Idaho 6) 

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A southern Nevada transit agency adds four electric buses to its fleet. (Las Vegas Sun)

CRITICAL MINERALS: A proposed mine in Nevada would be the nation’s first to primarily extract vanadium, a critical metal used in electric vehicle and grid-scale batteries. (Sierra Nevada Ally)

UTILITIES: California advocates call for greater transparency and accountability from Pacific Gas & Electric as the utility seeks a rate hike. (CBS Bay Area)

OIL & GAS: U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert, a Colorado Republican, introduces a bill that would block the Biden administration’s proposed federal land oil and gas drilling rules. (Durango Herald)

PUBLIC LAND: Utah officials ask an appeals court to revoke the Biden administration’s designation of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments in the southern part of the state. (KSL)

HYDROGEN: New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and energy industry officials travel to Australia to promote efforts to establish a hydrogen fuel industry even though the region missed out on federal funding for a proposed production hub. (Capital & Main)  


  • Montana residents urge federal regulators to block new state laws that would loosen regulations on coal mines, saying they could lead to water contamination. (Billings Gazette)
  • A Navajo Nation-owned mine in New Mexico offers free coal for cooking and heating to tribal members. (Navajo Times)

CLIMATE: NASA researchers find Alaskan tundra scorched by wildfire emits more methane than the surrounding landscape. (news release)

COMMENTARY: The head of a conservative conservation group says fossil fuel-rich Wyoming is poised to lead a low-carbon energy transition. (Utility Dive)

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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.