COAL: A nationwide railroad workers’ strike could begin this week, virtually halting coal shipments from Powder River Basin and western Colorado mines to power plants across the country. (Politico)

OIL & GAS:
Wyoming’s oil and gas sector has added 900 jobs since last July, but the industry’s employment remains below pre-pandemic levels. (Oil City News)
Wyoming county and state officials say an environmental lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s 2020 approval of a 5,000-well oil and gas project could destroy local economies. (Casper Star-Tribune)
A study finds so-called super-emitters contribute nearly 40% of methane emissions in five U.S. basins, while another 23% originate from oil and gas-gathering pipeline systems. (news release) 
• An Arizona congressman introduces a bill that would block new federal oil and gas leases if resulting greenhouse gas emissions are inconsistent with the Biden administration’s climate targets. (E&E News, subscription)

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GRID:
California regulators propose real-time pricing to provide demand flexibility, lower costs and reduce grid stress as distributed generation expands, but critics say the plan is too complicated to work. (Utility Dive)
PacifiCorp expands Utah’s 3,000-household solar-plus-battery virtual power plant program to Idaho and plans to take it to California, Oregon and Washington. (Canary Media)   

UTILITIES: Arizona’s race for two utility regulator positions pits Democrats supporting renewable energy standards and assistance for communities affected by closing coal plants against Republicans who would leave it up to the utilities. (Associated Press)

CLIMATE:
California environmental justice groups say oil and gas industry lobbyists are shaping the state’s emissions reduction plan to rely on fossil fuel-friendly and ineffective technology such as carbon capture and biofuels. (Capital & Main)
• Wyoming’s congressional delegates voted against the Inflation Reduction Act even though the law’s incentives are expected to benefit the state’s burgeoning carbon capture and storage industry. (WyoFile)

TRANSPORTATION: California Gov. Gavin Newsom urges voters to reject a ballot measure that would raise taxes on the wealthy to fund electric vehicle incentives and charging infrastructure, calling it “corporate welfare.” (CalMatters)  

HYDROGEN: Oregon and Washington state partner to pursue billions of dollars of federal funding to establish a regional green hydrogen production hub. (Oregon Capital Chronicle)

SOLAR: Washington state awards $1.4 million to state and local agencies to install solar panels on schools and other public buildings. (news release)

POLITICS: A Colorado rancher and oil and gas industry booster cancels a solar project on his property and funnels the money into a campaign to defeat Democratic Gov. Jared Polis in November. (CPR)

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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.