OIL & GAS: Colorado cities’ air monitors contradict oil and gas industry claims that emissions from their facilities are declining. (Colorado Sun) 

ALSO:
California lawmakers advance a bill purportedly aimed at increasing transparency on imported oil’s emissions, but that experts say would increase drilling in the state while understating resulting emissions. (Capital & Main)    
A Wyoming petroleum industry group challenges an environmentalists’ lawsuit attempting to revoke more than 3,500 federal oil and gas drilling permits. (Oil City News)

UTILITIES: New Mexico regulators reject a utility’s bid to delay issuing refunds to customers following the closure of a coal power plant later this year. (NM Political Report)

EFFICIENCY:
An Oregon city considers decarbonizing its building stock by prioritizing electrification and efficiency of existing homes over banning natural gas hookups in new construction. (Register-Guard)
Honolulu, Hawaii, passes a law requiring high-rise owners to monitor buildings’ electricity, water and natural gas use. (Hawaii News Now) 

WIND: A project replacing 104 old turbines with new, more powerful equipment at a California wind power facility is completed ahead of schedule. (Santa Barbara Independent)  

SOLAR:
New Mexico’s community solar program, aimed at expanding low-income homeowners’ and renters’ access to renewable energy, goes into effect after a year-long rulemaking process. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)  
Washington state energy officials extend the approval process deadline for two proposed solar facilities in Yakima County. (Yakima Herald) 

COAL: The U.S. Interior Department issues guidance to states and the Navajo Nation for applying for $725 million in federal funds to clean up abandoned coal mines. (Associated Press)

GRID:
Electricity demand on Public Service Company of New Mexico’s grid hits a record high, but officials say delaying closure of a coal power plant makes blackouts unlikely. (Albuquerque Journal)
High temperatures push power demand to an all-time high on a southern New Mexico utility’s grid. (El Paso Times)
About 15,000 households are left without power in southcentral Alaska after workers knock a tree into utility equipment. (Fairbanks Daily News-Miner)
Substation equipment damage leaves 21,000 households without power in California’s Monterey Peninsula. (KION)

STORAGE: Battery storage deployment slows in California, raising concerns that a goal of 4,000 MW total capacity by summer’s end will not be reached. (Energy Storage News) 

URANIUM: A U.S. Senate committee’s tie vote stalls a bill that would permanently ban uranium mining on federal land around Grand Canyon National Park. (E&E News, subscription)  

CLIMATE: Portland, Oregon’s city commission approves a “Climate Emergency” roadmap guiding efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions. (Oregonian)

HYDROPOWER: Climate change-exacerbated drought causes Lake Mead water levels to drop to a record low, further diminishing hydropower generating capacity. (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.