CLIMATE: Some western Colorado residents push back on a proposal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by flaring methane leaking from an abandoned Colorado coal mine, saying it would reverse 30 years of reclamation work. (Colorado Sun)  

ALSO: Phoenix, Arizona, is on track to set a record for the most heat-associated deaths in a metropolitan area following a sweltering summer. (Associated Press) 

GRID: Alaska researchers join a national team looking to make rural power grids more resilient to climate change and extreme weather. (Daily Yonder)


WIND: Wyoming researchers find light-colored wind turbines attract insects and their avian predators, and painting them darker colors would reduce bird and bug collisions. (High Plains Journal)




TRANSITION: Xcel Energy proposes building a 19 MW biomass power plant at a northwestern Colorado coal plant that is scheduled to close in 2028. (Steamboat Pilot & Today)

UTILITIES: A U.S. House subcommittee plans to probe last month’s deadly Maui wildfires, with a focus on Hawaiian Electric equipment’s role in sparking the blaze. (E&E News, subscription)  

COMMENTARY: A California lawmaker and advocate urge state regulators to democratize clean energy and expedite climate-friendly affordable housing by enacting a robust community solar program. (Desert Sun)

More from the Energy News Network: Midwest | Southeast | Northeast | West

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.