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)

HYDROPOWER:
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)

TRANSPORTATION:
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.
(news release) 

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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.