UTILITIES: Hawaiian Electric considers restructuring in bankruptcy as it faces multiple lawsuits relating to the deadly Maui wildfires. (Utility Dive)

California utilities say Tropical Storm Hilary left as many as 500,000 customers without power and cloud cover caused a steep drop in solar power generation. (S&P Global)
Hawaiian Electric says it has restored power to about 80% of its customers that experienced outages during and after the Maui wildfires. (Lahaina News)
The U.S. Energy Department awards about $35 million to six Western tribal nations and Utah and Alaska for grid resilience projects. (Smart Energy International)

HYDROPOWER: California advocates urge federal regulators to reject a proposed pumped hydropower energy storage facility along the state’s northern coast. (Northern California Public Media)

California lawmakers pause a bill that would temporarily hike some Bay Area road tolls to fund public transit, saying it would disproportionately affect low-income residents. (Bay City News Service)
A California transit agency plans to acquire a hybrid overhead-electric and battery-powered train to replace diesel locomotives on rail segments without overhead lines. (Railway News)

A Colorado study finds about 30% of electric bicycle trips replace car trips and that people prefer e-bikes to cars when traveling less than five miles. (9News)
California begins making its electric vehicle incentive program available only to low-income residents, saying the broader rebates are no longer necessary. (E&E News, subscription) 

California lobbyists seek up to $300 million in state funding for hydrogen fueling stations, even though hydrogen-fueled cars make up a tiny fraction of the state’s vehicles. (CalMatters)
A southern Nevada regional transit agency adds its first hydrogen fuel-cell electric bus to its fleet. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

Developers bring a 105 MW solar installation online in Montana. (PV Tech)
A New Mexico resident fighting a proposed utility-scale solar installation near Santa Fe accuses county officials of improperly adopting a code that would allow the project to move forward. (Santa Fe New Mexican)

BATTERIES: A firm purchases a facility in northern Nevada to house its planned commercial scale lithium-ion battery recycling center. (news release)

CARBON CAPTURE: New Mexico researchers look to generate energy from pumping carbon dioxide into underground reservoirs.

OIL & GAS: A nonprofit run by a former Trump administration official accuses Interior Secretary Deb Haaland of a conflict of interest relating to banning oil and gas leasing around Chaco Culture National Historical Park. (Farmington Daily-Times)

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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.