CLIMATE: Washington state’s new carbon-pricing program exceeds expectations by bringing in more than $900 million so far. (Seattle Times)

ALSO: California advocates call on the state to increase funding and efforts to mitigate the effects of extreme heat, the state’s deadliest form of weather. (Politico)

Multiple lawsuits accuse Hawaiian Electric of delaying grid modernization projects that could have prevented the deadly Maui wildfires blamed on the utility’s equipment. (NBC News)
Hawaii Gov. Josh Green says the state prosecutor’s review of the deadly Maui wildfires is “not a criminal investigation in any way.” (Honolulu Star-Advertiser)      
San Jose, California’s city council delays a decision on creating its own electric utility to allow further study. (San Jose Spotlight)

GRID: Extreme heat and wildfire-triggered hydropower shutdowns strain power grids in the Northwest. (KUOW)

A Colorado town calls on regulators to force an oil and gas company to plug and reclaim 95 low-producing wells to clear the way for housing development. (Colorado Sun)
A Democratic U.S. lawmaker from New Mexico introduces a bill that would require oil and gas companies to reimburse workers for health costs associated with air pollution and heat-related illnesses. (Associated Press)
Permian Basin oil and gas producers experiment with using produced wastewater to irrigate cotton, rye grass and other crops. (Odessa American)
Alaska’s congressional delegation blasts a federal court for upholding the Biden administration’s suspension of oil and gas leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. (news release)

• Automaker Stellantis plans to invest more than $100 million in a geothermal brine lithium extraction project at the Salton Sea in southern California. (Detroit News)
Utah lawmakers consider increasing restrictions on mineral extraction in the Great Salt Lake after sparring with a lithium company over its proposed operations there. (Salt Lake Tribune, subscription)  

Developers bring a solar installation and microgrid online at a southern California U.S. Army base. (Orange County Register)   
A New Mexico startup partners with a manufacturer to incorporate fluorescent quantum dot technology in solar modules. (Solar Industry)

Democratic U.S. lawmakers in Washington state call on Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg to back a proposed bullet train linking Seattle and Portland, Oregon. (KOIN)
Washington’s state-run ferry service awards a ship builder $150 million to convert three of its vessels to hybrid-electric power. (Washington State Standard)
Circle K opens two electric vehicle charging stations in southern California, the first of 20 planned for the West Coast. (Retail Dive) 

NUCLEAR: A Bill Gates-backed company purchases land in a Wyoming coal town for its proposed advanced nuclear reactor. (news release)

HYDROPOWER: A developer advances a proposed $1.5 billion pumped hydropower storage project in northwestern Colorado. (Steamboat Pilot & Today)

BIOFUELS: Utah researchers develop a method of producing jet fuel from juniper tree wood. (KSLTV)

California researchers call on the state and federal governments to cover irrigation canals with solar panels to conserve water and meet clean energy goals. (Los Angeles Times)
A conservationist says a northwestern New Mexico’s coal plant demolition and solar plant construction show the region’s energy transition is on track. (Durango Herald)

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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.