CRITICAL MINERALS: Lithium Americas sues opponents of its proposed Thacker Pass mine in Nevada, alleging protestors hampered work on the facility by blocking roads and vandalizing equipment. (Nevada Independent)

ALSO: Conservationists ask a federal judge to halt copper, zinc and manganese exploration projects in southern Arizona, saying they would damage riparian areas and deplete water sources. (news release)

Despite being touted as clean energy, hydropower reservoirs are responsible for millions of tons of carbon emissions each year, a study finds. (Inside Climate News)
Navajo Nation chapters urge federal regulators to reject three proposed pumped hydropower storage projects on northern Arizona’s Black Mesa, a historic coal-mining region. (news release)

Colorado residents and businesses hit Xcel Energy with another lawsuit over its role in sparking the 2021 Marshall Fire near Boulder. (CPR)
Oregon wineries sue PacifiCorp over smoke-damage from 2020 wildfires believed to be sparked by the utility’s equipment. (Bloomberg)
NorthWestern Energy asks Montana regulators to allow it to sell $1.75 billion in securities to help pay for aging infrastructure upgrades. (Billings Gazette)

A Colorado researcher and her colleagues find natural gas’ climate-warming potential can rival coal’s when methane leaks are taken into account. (NPR)
A report finds Oregon’s largest natural gas provider is not on track to meet state climate goals even though it has attempted to increase its use of biogas. (OPB)

AVIATION: A firm breaks ground in Washington state on a commercial-scale facility using captured carbon to produce aviation fuel. (Carbon Herald)

Construction is underway on three shared solar projects in Hawaii with 9 MW of capacity that will be available for purchase by low- and moderate-income households. (Big Island Now)
New Mexico’s Supreme Court orders a private landowner to allow the public — including a solar facility developer — to travel on a road across their property. (news release)

WIND: Brushfires force Portland General Electric to take a Washington state wind facility temporarily offline. (Portland Business Journal, subscription)

COAL: Wyoming officials spar with conservationists in a U.S. House committee hearing on an Obama-era moratorium on federal thermal coal leasing. (Wyoming Public Radio)

TRANSITION: A modular home manufacturer partners with the Navajo Nation to build housing units for the tribe at its facility on the site of a defunct coal plant on Navajo land in northern Arizona. (news release)

Utility regulators from five Western states call for the establishment of an independent transmission organization that would cover the entire region. (RTO Insider, subscription)
California grid operators say the heat wave gripping the state likely will not prompt Flex Alerts, or calls for voluntary power conservation. (San Diego Union-Tribune)    

NUCLEAR: A former executive of the company proposing an interim nuclear reactor fuel depository in southeastern New Mexico files a lawsuit accusing the firm of making false and misleading statements to investors. (Source NM)

COMMENTARY: A retired Wyoming coal miner calls on industry executives to spend profits on restoring mined lands and protecting workers and communities rather than on stock buybacks. (Casper Star-Tribune)

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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.