ELECTRIFICATION: Records show SoCalGas helped fund a California restaurant industry campaign and lawsuit seeking to block natural gas hookup bans. (Sacramento Bee) 

EFFICIENCY: Colorado advocates spar with the real estate industry over proposed efficiency upgrade mandates for buildings over 50,000 square feet. (Denver Gazette)

• Federal investigators are dispatched to Hawaii to determine the origin and cause of the deadly Maui wildfires. (NBC News)
Advocates worry the Maui wildfires will lead to “climate gentrification,” when locals displaced by disaster can’t afford housing. (Associated Press)
Oregon officials suspect this week’s record-breaking heat wave killed at least three people in the Portland area. (Associated Press)
Advocates say a Montana judge’s decision in a lawsuit targeting the state’s fossil fuel-friendly policies was a lesson in the “overwhelming scientific consensus” of climate change. (High Country News)  
A tropical cyclone with hurricane force winds and heavy rain approaching southern California would be the first such storm to hit the West Coast since 1939. (Los Angeles Times)

California and federal regulators exempt a giant cattle feedlot from greenhouse gas accounting even though it’s the state’s largest single point methane emitter, raising questions about the state’s commitment to combating climate change. (Inside Climate News)
A Colorado aerospace firm puts the finishing touches on a high-precision methane emissions-detecting satellite scheduled for launch next year. (CPR)

Industry experts say utilities’ multi-billion-dollar wildfire-related legal settlements help victims, but their costs are often passed on to ratepayers and can deplete hazard mitigation programs. (Grist)   
Colorado regulators approve Xcel Energy’s rate hike aimed at helping cover coal plant closing costs. (Colorado Sun)

GRID: A Western heat wave paired with a drop in solar and wind generation leads to increasing natural gas generation on the California and Northwest grids. (S&P Global)

OIL & GAS: The federal Bureau of Land Management releases a long-awaited draft resource management plan guiding oil and gas development and conservation in Wyoming’s Red Desert. (Wyoming)

HYDROGEN: The U.S. Energy Department awards Wyoming researchers $5 million to develop a method of producing hydrogen fuel from oil and gas wastewater. (news release)  

SOLAR: A Washington county extends a moratorium on utility-scale solar facilities, saying the installations threaten water rights and take land from agricultural use. (Yakima Herald-Republic)

Colorado opens the lottery for some 7,000 electric bicycle rebates of up to $1,100. (Colorado Sun)
Amtrak rolls out its national network’s first electric bus in Washington state. (Forbes)  

STORAGE: A central California community’s residents push back on a proposed grid-scale battery energy storage facility, saying it would industrialize the tourist town’s waterfront. (Cal Coast News)

A New Mexico startup looks to retrofit the aging Four Corners coal plant with carbon capture technology following a failed bid to do the same at the nearby San Juan facility. (E&E News)
A fossil fuel-reliant county in Utah fights to save the coal industry while also looking to transition to a tech manufacturing economy. (Deseret News)

NUCLEAR: An Oregon utility considers seeking federal funds to deploy small modular nuclear reactors in coming decades. (Eugene Weekly)

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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.