UTILITIES: PacifiCorp asks Oregon regulators to limit the type and financial scope of lawsuit damages that wildfire victims can bring against the utility, drawing criticism from residents and advocates who question the proposal’s motive and legality. (Oregonian) 


CARBON CAPTURE: The U.S. Forest Service proposes allowing underground carbon dioxide storage on land it manages. (Reuters)

WIND: The U.S. Air Force calls on federal lawmakers to bar wind turbines within two miles of nuclear missile launch sites in Montana, Wyoming, Colorado and other states. (Associated Press)

CRITICAL MATERIALS: A developer looks to expand a proposed graphite mine in Alaska to enable it to cost effectively meet rising demand for the lithium-ion battery material. (Anchorage Daily News)  

SOLAR: Operations begin at a 275 MW solar-plus-storage installation on the Moapa Indian Reservation in southern Nevada. (Porterville Recorder) 

TRANSPORTATION: An environmental group finds California ranks first in the nation for transportation projects that address inequality while tackling climate change. (Bloomberg) 


  • A New Mexico city’s officials urge the federal government to build a nuclear reactor at a radioactive waste depository in the southeastern part of the state. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)
  • California advocates continue to debate the future of the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant a year after the state approved a plan to keep it running past its scheduled retirement date. (Associated Press) 


MICROGRIDS: Developers begin construction on a community microgrid in a Colorado mountain town to provide backup during outages. (Mountain Ear)

HYDROPOWER: Northern Nevada utilities and counties push back on proposals to breach Northwestern hydropower dams to restore fish populations, saying it would eliminate an affordable and reliable electricity source. (Nevada Independent)

COMMENTARY: A Nevada writer calls on Las Vegas officials to develop a public light rail system, saying it would improve tourists’ experiences and provide a “vital lifeline” to less-affluent residents. (Nevada Independent)

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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.