MINING: Democratic U.S. lawmakers introduce bills that would update public land mining laws as companies ramp up efforts to extract minerals for electric vehicle batteries and other clean energy applications. (E&E News)

ALSO: The Reno-Sparks Indian Tribe calls on archaeologists to halt excavation of cultural sites at the proposed Thacker Pass lithium mine in northern Nevada. (KUNR)

UTILITIES:
Wyoming lawmakers consider creating deregulated power zones aimed at attracting large electricity users such as cryptocurrency miners. (County10)
A New Mexico business group accuses state utility regulators of violating open meeting laws when privately discussing a proposed transfer of a coal plant’s ownership. (Albuquerque Journal)

SOLAR:
California lawmakers consider a bill aimed at expanding lower-income residents’ access to distributed generation by expediting community solar projects. (PV Magazine)
The U.S. Defense Department awards a renewable energy company $2 million to develop a solar-powered microgrid at an Air Force base in Nevada.  (news release)
The developers of a 690 MW solar facility with 380 MW of battery storage planned for southern Nevada secure $1.9 billion in financing. (Recharge)

COAL:
Xcel Energy proposes closing the Comanche 3 coal power plant in Colorado four years ahead of schedule and meeting 80% of customer power demand with renewable energy by 2030. (Denver Post)
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signs a bill transferring oversight of coal combustion residuals from federal to state regulators, drawing criticism from environmental advocates. (Arizona Republic)
Arizona officials and advocates call on the U.S. EPA to crack down on a coal and natural gas power plant for allegedly violating federal air pollution laws. (KGUN)  

OIL & GAS:
• Democratic U.S. lawmakers seek information about a methane leak that lasted for a month this spring at a ConocoPhillips oil and gas drilling facility in Alaska. (Reuters)
California lawmakers consider a bill that would ban new and existing offshore oil drilling by 2024. (Politico)
California lawmakers advance a bill that would force the 2027 closure of the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility, the site of a huge 2015 methane leak. (Food & Water Watch)

HYDROGEN:
The U.S. Energy Department commits to loan $504 million to a green hydrogen production and energy storage project under construction in Utah. (Energy Storage News)
A Washington state startup launches a pilot project to convert cow manure into hydrogen fuel. (GeekWire)

STORAGE: The U.S. Energy Department breaks ground on a grid energy storage research and development facility in Washington state. (ExecutiveGov)

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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.