MICROGRIDS: A northern California county relied on generator-powered microgrids to provide electricity to residents for nearly a month after a wildfire knocked out a critical transmission line. (Los Angeles Times)

CLIMATE: Young Oregon advocates hold rallies in five cities and call on Gov. Tina Kotek to declare a climate change emergency. (Oregon Capital Chronicle) 

OIL & GAS: A study finds New Mexico regulators lack the resources to enforce new oil and gas emissions rules, threatening the state’s abilities to meet climate goals. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)

OVERSIGHT: The Biden administration authorizes states and tribal nations to review pipelines, dams and other federally regulated projects within their borders, reversing a Trump-era revocation of the rule. (Associated Press) 

• A California appeals court will hear environmental groups’ challenge to the state’s recently adopted rules slashing net-metering compensation for rooftop solar. (KPBS)
An environmental group sues the federal Bureau of Land Management, accusing it of allowing utility-scale solar development and illegal cattle grazing to destroy endangered desert tortoise habitat in southern Nevada. (Las Vegas Review-Journal) 

California environmental groups call on federal regulators to shut down one of two reactors at the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant, saying there is a risk of “nuclear meltdown” until a critical pressure vessel is tested. (Associated Press)
Uranium prices hit a 12-year high, providing impetus for companies to revive long-idle mines in Wyoming and the Southwest. (Financial Times)    
Wyoming partners with an energy company to explore the feasibility of heating and powering trona mining operations with advanced nuclear reactors. (Cowboy State Daily)

A company delays construction of a lithium phosphate battery cell factory in Tucson, Arizona, until November to conduct further site surveys. (Arizona Republic)
Opponents of a proposed grid-scale battery storage installation in central California successfully put the issue on the local ballot for November. (New Times)
• An Alaska native corporation invests in a proposed mine near Nome that would target a huge deposit of graphite, which is used in batteries. (KNOM)

The Republican-dominated U.S. House passes a bill aimed at blocking states — such as California and Washington — from banning the sale of gasoline-powered vehicles. (Spokesman-Review)  
A developer plans to break ground this month on a 40-unit electric vehicle charging center with an onsite market, car wash and lounge in southern California. (Orange County Register)

California environmental justice advocates urge state and federal officials to ensure impacts of a proposed hydrogen production hub in Los Angeles aren’t disproportionately piled upon Black and Latino communities. (Sierra)
California lawmakers agree to spend $106 million from a climate program on hydrogen fueling stations, even though only 1% of the state’s zero-emission cars run on the fuel. (CalMatters) 

TRANSITION: A long history of coal production comes to an end in Carbon County, Utah, driving leaders to look to tourism and manufacturing to buoy the economy. (Fox 13) 

GRID: A mutual aid program aims to bring electricity to some 13,000 off-grid homes on the Navajo Nation. (Navajo-Hopi Observer)

BIOFUELS: The U.S. Energy Department awards more than $7 million to four bioenergy research and development projects in Western states. (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.