GRID: A heat wave forecast to bring triple-digit temperatures to California and other western states this weekend is expected to strain the grid and increase natural gas spot prices. (Los Angeles Times, S&P Global)

ALSO: Northwest utilities agree to fund the Southwest Power Pool’s effort to develop a regional power market. (Utility Dive)

OIL & GAS:
Wyoming plans to join the federal Bureau of Land Management in defending a June oil and gas lease sale against environmentalists’ legal challenges. (Casper Star-Tribune)
• Federal officials consider Endangered Species Act protections for a southern New Mexico lizard, a move that could affect Permian Basin oil and gas development. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)
• California lawmakers pass a bill requiring oil refiners to disclose per gallon profits for gasoline they sell. (news release)

NATURAL GAS:
A Colorado utility will purchase power from the open market after it shuts down one of the nation’s last urban natural gas power plants this week. (Gazette)   
Oregon environmentalists file a petition urging federal regulators to reverse the approval of a proposed natural gas pipeline compressor station near the Columbia River. (East Oregonian)

CARBON CAPTURE: California environmentalists urge lawmakers to reject a bill that would expedite permitting for carbon capture projects. (LAist)

TRANSPORTATION:
• California equity advocates criticize the state’s gasoline car ban because it does not require auto dealers to participate in programs aimed at increasing lower-income households’ access to electric vehicles. (Associated Press)
A California judge rejects Tesla’s bid to dismiss the state civil rights agency’s lawsuit alleging widespread racial discrimination at the company’s assembly plant in Fremont. (Reuters)   

SOLAR:
Hawaii advocates say the Inflation Reduction Act will rejuvenate the state’s stalled solar industry by reducing rooftop solar installation costs and creating “green collar” jobs. (Honolulu Star-Advertiser, subscription)
Arizona-based First Solar says the Inflation Reduction Act spurred its plans to spend $1.2 billion to expand its U.S. manufacturing operations. (Reuters)
California lawmakers remove a monthly tax on rooftop solar from a bill that would keep the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant operating after industry and advocates protested the last-minute amendment. (Renewable Energy World)

UTILITIES:
Northern California residents say PacifiCorp issued electricity bills for homes burned by a wildfire that may have been sparked by the utility’s equipment. (KTVU)
Idaho Power says Inflation Reduction Act tax credits will help the utility reach its goal of building 1,700 MW of battery storage by 2045. (Idaho Capital Sun)  

COAL: Oregon utility PGE plans to implode its shuttered Boardman coal power plant next month. (KFLD)

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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.