CLIMATE: Colorado officials say the state is projected to fall short of its 2025 and 2030 targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions. (Colorado Sun)

Federal data show the carbon intensity of electricity produced in Washington, Oregon and Idaho increased between 2016 and 2020. (Capital Press)
• Experts say $9.7 billion in the federal Inflation Reduction Act to help rural co-ops adopt clean energy will be transformative for reducing emissions. (Daily Yonder)
A three-way race for governor in Oregon could put the state’s ambitious climate policies at risk. (E&E News, subscription)

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The city of Farmington, New Mexico, will attempt to take over a retiring coal plant in an effort to keep it open; the utility that currently owns it says that isn’t allowed under their exit agreement. (Farmington Daily Times)
Officials in a rural Colorado town explore options to avoid becoming a “ghost town” as fossil fuels are phased out. (Colorado Public Radio)

California Gov. Gavin Newsom signs a bill requiring a 3,200-foot buffer between new oil wells and parks, homes, and schools. (E&E News)
State data shows high-quality water in drought-stricken California is being diverted from residential and agricultural use to crude oil extraction. (Inside Climate News)

TRANSPORTATION: The EPA declares Denver and Colorado’s northern Front Range as “severe” air quality violators, which will require drivers to use a more expensive gasoline blend to reduce emissions. (Denver Post, subscription)

Advocates and state agencies in Oregon are working to make electric vehicle charging more accessible in rural and low-income areas. (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
As conservative media question whether mass adoption of electric vehicles will strain the grid, experts note that they can provide an important demand-management function. (E&E News)
A Colorado company has developed a teardrop camping trailer that includes a range-extending battery for electric vehicles. (Inside EVs)

NUCLEAR: As Western utilities explore small modular reactors, questions remain over whether the facilities will produce more nuclear waste than conventional power plants. (Crosscut)

HYDROGEN: Two California utilities seek permission from state regulators to test hydrogen in natural gas infrastructure. (Smart Energy International)

GEOTHERMAL: Experts say geothermal power can help states meet clean energy goals, but scaling up will require government support. (Colorado Newsline)

UTILITIES: A Puerto Rican company says Idaho Power’s policy creating a separate customer class for cryptocurrency data operations is discriminatory. (Idaho Statesman)

BIOENERGY: As California spends millions to encourage biodigesters at dairy farms, little is known about the scale and impact of ammonia that is a byproduct of the process. (Inside Climate News)

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Ken is the director of the Energy News Network at Fresh Energy and is a founding editor of both Midwest Energy News and Southeast Energy News. Prior to joining Fresh Energy, he was the managing editor for online news at Minnesota Public Radio. He started his journalism career in 2002 as a copy editor for the Duluth News Tribune before spending five years at the Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington, where he worked as a copy editor, online producer, features editor and night city editor. A Nebraska native, Ken has a bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a master's degree from the University of Oregon. He is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors.