OIL & GAS: A federal judge upholds the Biden administration’s decision to suspend oil and gas leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge while it completes a new environmental review of proposed drilling. (Alaska Beacon)

ALSO: Wyoming regulators hold off on finalizing an oil and gas lease in a wildlife migratory corridor following an outpouring of public concern. (WyoFile)

NATURAL GAS: A New Mexico utility says a proposed natural gas storage facility will buffer customers from seasonal price spikes, but critics say it’s not worth the risks. (Albuquerque Journal)

UTILITIES: A peer-reviewed study finds California utilities are more likely to bury power lines to reduce fire risk in wealthy areas, leaving a “wildfire safety deficit” in low-income communities. (The Hill)

California regulators propose blocking multifamily properties from consuming rooftop solar energy directly, requiring them instead to sell it to a utility then buy it back at higher rates. (PV Magazine)
A Nevada solar parts manufacturer credits Inflation Reduction Act incentives for its plans to triple its Las Vegas facility’s production capacity. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
An Arizona county votes to ban new utility-scale renewable energy projects on private land for one year. (Today’s News-Herald, subscription)

Clean energy trade groups urge federal regulators to reject Arizona Public Service’s proposed interconnection process changes, saying they unfairly burden renewable energy projects. (Utility Dive)
Idaho Power plans to break ground on its 290-mile Boardman to Hemingway transmission project this fall. (East Oregonian)
The race to establish a Western day-ahead power market and regional transmission organization heats up as SPP and California’s grid operator vie for participants. (RTO Insider, subscription)

TRANSPORTATION: The first hydrogen-fueled commercial ferry is set to make its maiden voyage this month as part of a California Bay Area transit agency’s effort to phase out diesel ships by 2035. (Guardian)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A California school district rolls out 30 new electric buses for the first day of classes. (CBS Sacramento)

ELECTRIFICATION: Southern California regulators vote to require large commercial ovens to be nitrous oxide emissions-free, effectively forcing companies to replace gas-burning ovens with electric ones. (Canary Media)

POLITICS: President Biden travels West to establish a new national monument and tout conservation, clean energy and climate-related accomplishments. (Associated Press)

DIVESTMENT: A Democratic California lawmaker single-handedly blocks a state bill that would require public pension and retirement funds to divest from fossil fuel companies. (Capital & Main)

• A glacial dam burst this weekend in Juneau, Alaska, and swept away two homes, highlighting how similar flooding threatens about 15 million people worldwide. (Associated Press)
A Hawaii Indigenous youths’ climate lawsuit over the state’s fossil fuel-friendly transportation policies is slated to go to trial next summer. (Grist)
A conservative advocacy group launches a campaign to repeal Washington state’s new carbon pricing system, claiming it is contributing to higher gasoline prices. (Crosscut)

NUCLEAR: California researchers say they have successfully achieved a nuclear fusion reaction for the second time. (Phys.org)

GEOTHERMAL: The U.S. Energy Department awards $10.9 million to ten geothermal lithium extraction research and development projects, including several in the West. (news release)

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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.