HYDROPOWER: A federal report finds at least one of four hydropower dams on the Lower Snake River in Washington state must be removed to restore salmon to fishable levels. (Seattle Times)

ALSO:
Federal officials take unprecedented conservation measures in an attempt to keep Lake Powell reservoir levels high enough for Glen Canyon Dam to continue generating hydropower. (Guardian)
A Colorado water utility brings a 30 kW hydrokinetic power installation in a water supply channel online. (Renewable Energy World)

OIL & GAS:
• Environmental groups sue the U.S. EPA over a Colorado ozone reduction plan, saying it does not adequately limit oil and gas facility emissions. (Colorado Sun)
California advocates say an oil-rich county’s pollution mitigation system may be underestimating the impact of emissions from oil and gas facilities. (Capital & Main)   
• A tank at an oil and gas well in Wyoming catches fire, injuring one person. (Casper Star-Tribune)      

UTILITIES:
• Colorado regulators approve three utilities’ clean energy plans despite environmentalists’ claims that they didn’t account for nearly 200,000 tons of coal emissions. (Colorado Sun)
Alaska renewable energy advocates say an electricity cooperative’s plan to shut down one of two units at the state’s largest coal plant and invest in wind power will likely drive a statewide energy transition. (High Country News) 

ENERGY STORAGE:
• The world’s largest battery energy storage system, in northern California, is brought back online after overheating incidents shut it down for months. (Energy Storage News)
California’s grid operator plans to revise how it models energy storage to facilitate market participation and increase payments to storage providers. (Utility Dive)

POLITICS: White House sources say the Biden administration is opening the door to approving major fossil fuel projects — including the Willow oil drilling development in Alaska — in hopes of securing Sen. Joe Manchin’s vote for the stalled Build Back Better climate bill. (Washington Post)

COAL:
Navajo Nation residents call on Arizona regulators to support a proposed $100 million just transition fund to help communities affected by coal mine and power plant closures. (Arizona Central)
Two workers killed at a Colorado coal power plant in June were walking on a coal pile when the accident occurred, even though federal regulators warned against the practice in 2020. (CPR)

TRANSPORTATION:
• Colorado air quality experts say state initiatives to replace diesel buses with electric ones and provide free public transportation during high-pollution months will not significantly reduce ozone levels. (Kaiser Health News)
California startups launch a pilot program in rural Oregon to test electric tractors and other farm equipment. (Inside Climate News)

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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.