ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Hertz plans to add more than 5,000 electric vehicles to its Denver, Colorado, rental fleet and partner with the city to build out charging infrastructure with a focus on underserved communities. (CNBC)

ALSO:
Oregon electric vehicle manufacturer Arcimoto shutters its factory in Eugene and warns it may seek bankruptcy protection. (Oregonian)
Oregon State University partners with a big rig manufacturer to develop a fuel-cell electric semi-truck with a 600-mile range. (news release)   
A Los Angeles school district installs 12 charging stations to support its growing fleet of electric buses. (StreetsBlog Cal)  

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LITHIUM: A battery recycling firm plans to build a five-acre campus in Nevada to annually process more than 20 million pounds of lithium-ion material. (Recycling Product News) 

SOLAR:
An Arizona utility partners with an energy developer on a 1,000 MW solar facility near Flagstaff. (Cronkite News)
Home Depot plans to install 13 MW of rooftop solar on 25 of its stores in California. (Electrek)  
A Colorado researcher finds wildfire smoke that dampened California’s solar output in 2020 only minimally affected photovoltaic generation nationwide. (Eos)

WIND: The federal Bureau of Land Management seeks public input on the 400-turbine Lava Ridge Wind Project proposed for 84,000 acres in southern Idaho. (KMVT)

GRID: The FBI warns utilities that white supremacists may sabotage power grid components to cause “societal collapse” after a string of attacks on substations in the Northwest. (OPB)  

UTILITIES:
Two northern California counties sue Pacific Gas & Electric over last year’s Mosquito Fire, alleging the utility’s equipment sparked the blaze. (San Francisco Business Times)  
Federal wildlife officials require PG&E to wait until at least August to cut down a tree in northern California that holds a bald eagles’ nest after Indigenous and environmental groups protested. (Mendocino Voice)
Oregon families and timber companies ask a judge to consolidate their lawsuits against PacifiCorp over its role in igniting the 2020 Labor Day fires. (Oregonian)    

CLEAN ENERGY: An Idaho nonprofit dedicated to educating residents and lawmakers about the benefits of sustainable energy holds its first session at the state capitol. (Idaho Capital Sun) 

OIL & GAS:
The U.S. EPA grants Colorado environmental groups $500,000 to monitor air quality at public schools located near oil and gas facilities. (Greeley Tribune)
A Colorado county proposes banning new oil and gas infrastructure within 500 feet of property lines, commercial and residential buildings, and other oil and gas facilities. (Durango Herald)
Colorado advocates call on Suncor to be more transparent regarding the temporary shutdown of the state’s only oil refinery after it suffered malfunctions and a fire. (Denver Post)   

COAL: Wyoming lawmakers consider allocating $1.2 million to challenge regulations or entities that may threaten the state’s coal industry. (Wyoming Public Radio)

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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.