ELECTRIC VEHICLES: California utility officials say electric vehicle adoption will increase power demand to unprecedented levels, but EV charging flexibility can be guided to improve grid resilience. (Utility Dive)

ALSO:
A California startup partners with fast food restaurants to install electric vehicle chargers in their parking lots. (Yale Climate Connections)
Tesla surpasses Toyota as California’s best selling automaker. (Spectrum News)

SOLAR:
Washington crews stop a fast-growing wildfire from scorching the state’s largest solar facility. (KLCC)
Some Oregon residents raise concerns about a proposed 199 MW agrivoltaic solar and livestock grazing facility in the Willamette Valley. (Capital Press)

OIL & GAS:
• U.S. House Republicans introduce legislation that would block federal officials from extending endangered species protections to a lizard found in the Permian Basin oil and gas fields. (Washington Post)
New Mexico regulators fine an oil and gas company $150,000 for air pollution violations at its Permian Basin processing facility. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)
A Union Pacific railroad official tells Colorado lawmakers the company has not analyzed the risks of predicted traffic increases from a proposed Utah oil-railway. (Colorado Newsline)
The federal Bureau of Land Management offers just 4,700 acres in Nevada for oil and gas development, indicating a speculative leasing slowdown. (Bloomberg Law)
Wyoming advocates call on the state to cancel a newly issued 640-acre oil and gas lease in a wildlife migration corridor. (WyoFile)
New Mexico advocates and residents push back on a utility’s proposed liquefied natural gas storage facility in a city in the central part of the state, citing leak and explosion risks. (Rio Rancho Observer)

UTILITIES: An Alaska city puts the proposed sale of its electric utility on the ballot for a third time, after the measure failed to garner a supermajority in May. (Peninsula Clarion)

CLIMATE: Climate advocates block streets in front of Sempra Energy’s San Diego headquarters and call on the company to divest from fossil fuels. (KPBS) 

NUCLEAR: The U.S. Energy Department proposes leasing 40,000 acres for clean energy development at nuclear energy and weapons sites in Washington, New Mexico, Idaho and Nevada. (Olympian)

STORAGE: A Colorado grid-scale liquid metal battery pilot project is on schedule for a 2024 launch after being delayed by staffing problems and other issues. (Utility Dive)

HYDROPOWER: Conservation groups plan to sue the federal government to force the removal of four hydroelectric dams in the Northwest, saying they are harming fish by warming river water. (OPB)

GEOTHERMAL: The federal Bureau of Land Management seeks public input on 53 proposed geothermal leases in Nevada. (news release)

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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.