WIND: Wyoming scientists work to find ways to mitigate wind power facilities’ effects on golden eagles through better siting and turbine design. (Associated Press) 

UTILITIES:
Oregon elected officials and climate justice groups call on state prosecutors to investigate NW Natural, claiming the utility is misleading the public about natural gas’ environmental and health impacts. (OPB)
• Arizona regulators order Tucson Electric Power to spend $12 million of unspent funds on energy-efficiency rebates and other programs. (Arizona Daily Star)
New Mexico regulators order the state’s largest utility to prove it is issuing customer refunds to ensure they aren’t paying for a retiring unit of the San Juan coal power plant. (NM Political Report)

OIL & GAS: A federal court strikes down a judge’s 2021 decision blocking the Biden administration’s oil and gas leasing pause, but a provision in the Inflation Reduction Act still mandates millions of acres of land and water be auctioned over the next decade. (E&E News) 

SOLAR: A Swiss solar cell and panel manufacturer revives plans to establish a production facility in Arizona after the Inflation Reduction Act extends renewable energy production tax credits. (Solar Power World)

STORAGE: Developers complete construction on a 230 MW battery energy storage system connected to an existing solar facility on federal land in southern California. (news release)

TRANSPORTATION:
A California startup plans to expand its electric vehicle subscription service by purchasing an additional 23,000 cars. (Bloomberg)
The U.S. Transportation Department awards an Idaho transit agency $17.4 million to buy electric buses and charging systems to replace its aging diesel-powered fleet. (Idaho Capital Sun)   

HYDROPOWER: Two companies partner on developing a 19.8 MW hydropower project proposed for near Juneau, Alaska. (Hydro Review)

CRITICAL MINERALS: Alaska mining officials say the Inflation Reduction Act’s provision making domestically sourced battery components a condition of electric vehicle rebates could spur mineral development in the state. (KRBD)

URANIUM: Wyoming is set to receive $9 million in federal infrastructure funds to clean up abandoned uranium and other mines. (Wyoming Public Radio)

CLIMATE: An Arizona climate scientist partners with other researchers to form “Science Moms,” a group that educates parents on climate change’s impacts to children. (Arizona Republic)

NUCLEAR: An analysis of California’s effort to keep the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant operating past its planned 2025 retirement finds it would increase utility rates statewide by about 3%. (San Diego Union-Tribune)

COMMENTARY: A California columnist urges lawmakers to resist forking out billions of dollars to keep the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant running and spend the money on renewable energy and efficiency instead. (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.