TRANSPORTATION: California regulators are expected to implement the state’s plan to ban all sales of new gasoline-powered cars by 2035. (Washington Post)

UTILITIES:
The daughter of a man killed by a California wildfire last month sues PacifiCorp, alleging the utility’s equipment sparked the blaze. (Associated Press)
A Utah utility aims to prevent wildfires by burying transmission lines in forested areas. (Deseret News)

OIL & GAS:
Portland, Oregon’s city council votes to prohibit new fossil fuel terminal construction and the expansion of existing facilities. (OPB)
Kern County, California, approves oil and gas permitting changes aimed at bringing its system into compliance with state regulations. (Bakersfield Californian)
A Republican congresswoman from New Mexico fights a proposal to protect the lesser prairie chicken, saying it would stymie Permian Basin oil and gas production. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)
U.S. House Democrats from Arizona and California introduce a bill that would end federal tax credits for oil and gas company marketing, calling them “taxpayer-funded climate misinformation campaigns.” (East Bay Times)

COAL: Xcel Energy agrees to replace county property taxes lost when it shuts down a Colorado coal plant in 2031 with equivalent payments for ten years. (KOAA)

SOLAR:
A California project covering irrigation canals with solar panels aimed at generating power while reducing evaporation is set to launch in October. (Reuters)  
California lawmakers extend a property tax exemption for rooftop solar installations. (PV Magazine) 

GRID:
An erroneous signal during transmission line testing in northern California leaves 80,000 Pacific Gas & Electric customers without power. (KCRA)  
An Arizona utility partners with a federal power administration to rebuild 64 miles of high-voltage transmission lines. (Public Power) 

CLIMATE: San Diego’s new climate plan commits the city to creating 700 acres of marshland to suck carbon dioxide from the air and buffer against sea level rise. (San Diego Union-Tribune)

HYDROGEN: Toyota partners with a federal lab in Colorado to build a 1 MW hydrogen fuel cell generation system. (Automotive World) 

NUCLEAR: California lawmakers seek public input on a proposal to keep the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant running beyond its planned 2025 retirement. (edhat) 

COMMENTARY: A California editorial board urges lawmakers to focus on building up renewable energy and battery storage rather than keeping the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant open beyond its scheduled 2025 retirement. (Los Angeles Times)

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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.