GRID: During the peak of the California heat wave, battery systems discharged more than 3,000 MW into the grid, eclipsing the output of the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant for a short period. (Energy Storage News) 

ALSO:
California officials ask residents to conserve electricity for the 10th consecutive day as a prolonged heat wave continues to strain the grid. (Reuters)
Smoke from a northern California wildfire threatens to diminish solar output, prompting grid operators to extend calls for customers to conserve electricity into the early afternoon. (San Francisco Chronicle)
A California mayor calls on Pacific Gas & Electric to replace aging equipment that failed during this week’s heat wave, leaving thousands of residents and three hospitals without power. (CBS Bay Area)
A California utility brought the second phase of a 980 MWh battery system online just as a prolonged heat wave began. (Energy Storage News) 

UTILITIES:
Oregon utilities plan to shut off power to more than 40,000 customers to reduce the risk of equipment sparking wildfires during high winds forecast for the weekend. (Oregonian)  
Pacific Gas & Electric says an electrical fault was detected near the ignition point of a major northern California wildfire, but the blaze’s cause is still under investigation. (CBS13)
California utilities urge regulators to push back the timeline on a proposal to end natural gas line extension subsidies next year. (Utility Dive)

OIL & GAS:
Environmentalists sue the Bureau of Land Management over its 2020 approval of a 5,000-well oil and gas drilling project proposed for Wyoming, saying the agency improperly exempted the plan from land-use restrictions. (Casper Star-Tribune)
The operator of a pipeline that spilled 25,000 gallons of oil off southern California’s coast last year agrees to pay $4.9 million for violating state environmental laws. (San Diego Union-Tribune)
A report finds Colorado’s newly increased financial assurance requirements for oil and gas drillers would cover less than 25% of plugging and reclaiming costs for the state’s 50,000 wells. (Colorado Newsline) 

SOLAR: California clean energy advocates say a new community solar bill will lead to the deployment of hundreds of megawatts of solar-plus-storage. (Canary Media)

GEOTHERMAL: The federal Bureau of Land Management generates $2.9 million leasing 200,000 acres in Nevada for geothermal development. (Nevada Independent)  

COAL: The University of Wyoming breaks ground on a facility for developing non-fuel uses of coal, including building products and agricultural soil additives. (Cowboy State Daily) 

CARBON CAPTURE: A California company plans to construct the nation’s first large-scale direct air carbon capture project in Wyoming, saying it will be operational next year. (Reuters) 

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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.