OIL & GAS: A congressional report finds fossil fuel companies funneled millions of dollars into Colorado nonprofits to fund a campaign against a 2018 ballot initiative that would have established buffer zones between oil and gas facilities and homes and schools. (E&E News, subscription; Colorado Newsline)

• New Mexico generates millions of dollars from oil and gas leases on state land even as officials encourage other uses for the parcels, including renewable energy development. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)
New Mexico regulators hire a contractor to plug and reclaim 100 orphaned oil and gas wells using federal infrastructure funds. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)

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COAL: The Biden administration helps broker a deal averting a railroad workers’ strike that would have halted coal shipments from Powder River Basin and other western mines. (Associated Press) 

California grid operators say residents’ conservation measures reduced power demand by about 2,000 MW during the peak of the recent heatwave, helping avert rolling outages. (KESQ)
California Gov. Gavin Newsom says his state’s recent heat-induced grid near-emergency demonstrates the need to speed up the green energy transition, not scrap it as critics propose. (CNBC)
• A substation equipment failure leaves more than 23,000 households without power in a northern California city. (ABC10)   

SOLAR: Developers break ground on Alaska’s largest solar power facility.  (Alaska News Source)

CLIMATE: The founder of California-based Patagonia donates the $3 billion company and future profits to organizations fighting for environmental protection and against climate change. (CNBC)

The Biden administration approves Washington state’s electric vehicle infrastructure plan, freeing up more than $25 million in federal funding for EV charging stations. (KREM)
Oregon plans to invest $100 million of federal and state funds over five years to build electric vehicle charging infrastructure. (Portland Tribune)
Portland, Oregon, considers requiring electric vehicle chargers in half of the parking spaces at new multi-family dwellings. (KBND)
• A California city partners with a community energy choice organization to install 22 electric vehicle charging stations and purchase light-duty EVs. (news release)

EFFICIENCY: Idaho officials consider removing energy efficiency design requirements from the state’s building codes. (Boise State Public Radio)

NUCLEAR: A California university professor forms a collaborative group to address long-term safety of a long shuttered nuclear plant’s spent radioactive fuel that is stored along the state’s northern coast. (North Coast Journal)

HYDROGEN: Southern California utilities propose pilot projects that would inject up to 20% hydrogen blends into natural gas distribution systems. (Natural Gas Intelligence)

COMMENTARY: A Colorado columnist says climate change-exacerbated heat and drought, not a growing reliance on solar and wind power, are the root causes of California’s grid woes.(High Country News)

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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.