CLIMATE: A Montana court rules in favor of young advocates in a landmark climate lawsuit, finding the state’s fossil fuel-friendly policies violated their constitutional right to a clean and healthful environment. (Associated Press)

Hawaiian Electric stocks plunge on concerns that its utility lines may have sparked the deadly Maui wildfires. (Honolulu Star-Advertiser)
Southern California Gas Co. agrees to pay $175,000 for violating consumer protection laws by falsely claiming fossil fuel-derived natural gas was “renewable.” (Orange County Register)
San Jose, California, considers creating a municipal power company to expedite grid interconnection and facilitate economic development. (KTVU) 

Oregon utility officials ask residents to conserve power during this week’s record-breaking heat wave. (KGW8)
Researchers say additional clean energy generation capacity, battery storage and demand response programs have helped utilities avoid heat-driven power outages this summer. (USA Today)

CLEAN ENERGY: A study finds Inflation Reduction Act incentives have lured about $16 billion in clean energy-related investments to Western states in the year since the legislation was signed into law. (NM Political Report)

WIND: Struggling northern California communities welcome prospective offshore wind development’s economic benefits, but worry about environmental and social impacts. (Politico)

Environmental groups petition a federal appeals court to overturn the Biden administration’s approval of exports from a proposed liquefied natural gas pipeline and terminal project in Alaska. (Alaska Beacon)
A company proposes constructing a natural gas and a produced water pipeline across federal land in western Colorado. (Post Independent)
• Environmental groups call on the Biden administration to model federal pollution regulations on New Mexico’s emissions-limiting rules on oil and gas development. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A study finds Washington, California and Arizona have the nation’s highest ratio of electric vehicle charging stations to traditional gas stations. (Auto Remarketing)

ELECTRIFICATION: Honolulu’s city council adopts codes requiring some new construction to be solar-ready and equipped with electric vehicle chargers.  (Honolulu Star-Advertiser)

HYDROPOWER: A wildfire in Washington state forces a utility to take hydropower dams that serve Seattle offline. (KUOW)

COAL: Colorado is set to begin mitigating an underground abandoned coal mine fire believed to be one of two ignition points of the destructive 2021 Marshall Fire. (CBS Colorado)

TRANSPORTATION: Some California residents push back against a plan to reroute an Amtrak rail line to avoid climate change-triggered rising sea levels.
(E&E News, subscription)

BIOFUELS: Washington environmentalists raise concerns about a proposed biomethane production facility in the southern part of the state. (Yakima Herald-Republic)

CARBON CAPTURE: Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon and U.S. EPA administrator Michael Regan agree to work together to advance carbon capture and sequestration technology. (WyoFile)

COMMENTARY: A California climate researcher says Inflation Reduction Act incentives helped her break up with her natural gas provider and electrify her home. (Atlantic, subscription)

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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.