ELECTRIFICATION: Eugene, Oregon’s city council repeals its ban on natural gas hookups in new construction, citing public opposition and a court ruling tossing a similar ordinance in Berkeley, California. (Eugene Register-Guard)

UTILITIES: Environmental groups criticize an Oregon natural gas utility for spending ratepayer funds to lobby against state climate regulations while seeking a rate increase. (Oregonian)

California Gov. Gavin Newsom signs bills aimed at expediting clean energy infrastructure permitting. (The Hill)  
• The federal Bureau of Land Management and a national laboratory in Colorado launch a public lands clean energy research and development program. (news release)

SOLAR: Santo Domingo Pueblo uses 3D printers to fabricate hard-to-find parts for a planned solar power facility in New Mexico. (Source NM)

• Oil and gas revenue makes up an increasing portion of New Mexico’s budget even as state officials work to diversify the fossil fuel-reliant economy. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)
• A federal oil and gas lease sale in Wyoming nets $14.7 million, but industry didn’t bid on 49 of the 116 parcels offered. (Casper Star-Tribune)
• The Biden administration offers $660 million to plug orphaned oil and gas wells, with about $150 million of that available to Western states. (The Hill)
• Permian Basin media organizations investigate the region’s uptick in oil and gas development-triggered seismic activity. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)

• Montana and Idaho environmentalists continue to call on regulators to clamp down on selenium pollution from Canadian coal mines contaminating U.S. waterways. (New York Times)
• A coal train derails in Wyoming, blocking Union Pacific’s Powder River Basin shipments indefinitely. (Wyoming Public Radio)

• California, Oregon and Washington seek federal funds to build an electric truck charging network across the three states. (RTO Insider, subscription)
• A California city considers replacing its 147-car fleet with electric vehicles. (Government Technology)

LITHIUM: Environmental groups sue federal land managers over their approval of proposed exploratory lithium drilling in Nevada, saying the development imperils critical wetland habitat at a nearby national wildlife refuge. (Nevada Current)

• Arizona utilities say they have adequate generation capacity to meet predicted heat wave-driven record high power demand. (Arizona Republic)
• Officials hit a dead end in their probe of a 2022 gunfire attack on a Pacific Gas & Electric substation in California that left hundreds of customers without power. (KQED)

HYDROPOWER: A peer-reviewed study finds Western fossil fuel generation and associated emissions surged during recent years as utilities attempted to offset drought-diminished hydropower generation capacity. (Grist)

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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.