GRID: California officials say climate change-exacerbated extreme heat, dwindling hydropower supplies and wildfires will threaten the power grid’s reliability for the next five summers. (E&E News)

Environmental groups release a “threat map” showing 144,000 New Mexico residents live within a half mile of an oil and gas facility. (NM Political Report)
The operator of methane-leaking oil and gas wells near Bakersfield, California, owes the state more than $85,000 in idle well fees and has not completed a well test plan in years. (KVPR)
A New Mexico county relaxes restrictions on oil and gas development and other industrial uses after a drilling company owner donates to a county official’s campaign. (Capital & Main)
An environmental group finds the social cost of carbon stemming from oil and gas extraction on federal lands is higher than the revenue it generates. (E&E News, subscription)

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POLLUTION: A California tech company finds Bay Area communities of color are exposed to 55% more smog-producing pollutants than majority White communities. (Washington Post) 

A utility watchdog’s report ranks Utah first in the U.S. for electricity affordability but calls out its major environmental impact due to its fossil fuel-reliant power sector. (Salt Lake Tribune)
The sponsor of a California bill that would have shut down the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility — site of a major 2015 leak — considers abandoning the measure after a committee waters it down. (Los Angeles Daily News)

A southern Washington county approves a 94 MW solar power facility on 1,060 acres of private agricultural land. (Yakima Herald-Republic)
Solar industry officials say a federal probe of Asian imports could cause up to 7,500 MW of California solar-plus-storage projects to be delayed or canceled this year. (Utility Dive)
• Ikea plans to partner with SunPower to sell solar panels at its California locations beginning this fall. (New York)  

HYDROGEN: A French company opens a liquid hydrogen production facility in Las Vegas to supply fuel cell powered vehicles. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)  

TRANSPORTATION: Oregon completes upgrades to 44 electric vehicle charging stations along I-5. (KOIN)

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy signs a bill that relaxes state oversight of proposed nuclear microreactor projects. (Anchorage Daily News)
Pacific Gas & Electric officials say they are willing to apply for federal funds to keep Diablo Canyon nuclear plant running past its scheduled 2025 retirement date. (Bloomberg)

BIOFUELS: A bioenergy company begins the first phase of operations at a Nevada facility that converts landfill waste into transportation fuel. (news release)

COMMENTARY: A California policy expert urges state lawmakers to pass a bill that would increase access to solar power for low-income families and renters while also cutting utility bills for those most in need. (Energy News Network)

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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.