WIND: A Wyoming university researcher finds wind power in the state could create more than 6,500 construction jobs and generate $90 million in annual tax revenue if permitting goes smoothly. (Wyoming Public Radio)
• A national environmental group says it may support San Diego’s proposed pumped hydropower storage facility at a reservoir in southern California because it wouldn’t require a new dam. (NPR)
• Researchers find California, Colorado, Washington and Oregon lead the nation in capacity for generating hydropower from irrigation canals and water supply pipelines. (news release)
• A clean energy think tank finds a California ballot measure that would tax the wealthy to fund electric vehicle incentives would expedite EV deployment and benefit low- and middle-income residents. (Los Angeles Times)
• California says it has spent $1.2 billion on reducing emissions from the state’s school bus fleet over 20 years and supported 1,800 zero-emissions school bus purchases. (news release)
LITHIUM: The promise of direct lithium extraction from geothermal brine sparks a rush in the Salton Sea region in southern California, but the technology has yet to be proven on a commercial scale. (KPBS)
SOLAR: A Colorado university plans to install 10,000 solar panels on its campus to help it reach its goal of operating on 100% renewable energy by 2030. (CBS Colorado)
OIL & GAS: Washington state receives $2.6 million in federal funds to inspect natural gas lines and advocate for pipeline safety. (Center Square)
TRANSITION: The federal government awards Wyoming $595,000 to establish an office to compete for federal funds aimed at easing coal communities through the energy transition. (WyoFile)
UTILITIES: Washington state officials propose banning utility shutoffs for nonpayment during heat waves. (KUOW)
HYDROGEN: Los Angeles’ municipal utility considers retrofitting four natural gas plants to run on green hydrogen to provide backup power during peak demand. (S&P Global)
NUCLEAR: California regulators approve a 13-year permit extension for storing spent reactor fuel at the shuttered San Onofre nuclear plant in southern California. (San Diego Union-Tribune)
CLIMATE: A Colorado city’s residents urge leaders to adopt interim greenhouse gas emissions targets to put it back on track to meet 2030 climate goals. (Coloradoan)
CARBON CAPTURE: A Utah and a New Mexico city join a regional coalition aimed at spurring projects that remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
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