GRID: Portland General Electric brings the nation’s first large-scale wind, solar and battery storage facility online in northern Oregon. (OPB)

Some California energy experts urge the state to prioritize preventing power outages over reducing greenhouse gas emissions to maintain political support for long-term climate goals. (E&E News)
Analysts predict a heat wave forecast for the Southwest this week will increase cooling demand, strain the grid and cause power prices to surge. (S&P Global)

Arizona regulators uphold their rejection of Salt River Project’s proposed natural gas plant expansion in a historically Black community, and the Sierra Club sues the utility for withholding records pertaining to the proposal. (Arizona Republic, NewsBreak)
Southwest Gas funds an effort to oust a Nevada lawmaker after she introduced legislation that would have tightened regulation of gas utilities. (Energy and Policy Institute)
Southern California Edison says its equipment near the site of last month’s Coastal Fire appears damaged, but did not know if the equipment ignited the fire. (NBC Los Angeles)

Utah solar industry officials say the Biden administration’s tariff exemption for solar imports will help revive five projects delayed by a federal probe. (Deseret News)
Colorado residents worry about the adverse effects a solar project — proposed for construction near a coal power plant — will have on wildlife and property values. (KRDO)

California climate advocates say a regional air quality board’s support of natural gas-fueled transportation endangers the region’s ability to meet federal emissions standards. (Guardian)
A Colorado company begins pilot production of a solid-state electric vehicle battery cell it says has greater range, faster charging and lower cost than lithium-ion batteries. (CNBC)
A California lawmaker proposes a bill that would offer a tax credit to residents who don’t own cars, saying it would incentivize residents to use alternative transportation. (Streetsblog)
Tesla files plans to build an electric vehicle Supercharger station, combined with a diner and drive-in theater, in Hollywood. (Newsweek) 

STORAGE: Pacific Gas & Electric unveils a 182.5 MW battery energy storage system at its Moss Landing facility in northern California. (Monterey Herald)

To resolve lawsuits, a California city agrees to allow a Utah company to continue exporting coal from its Bay Area port until 2026, four years after the city’s ban on such shipments is slated to begin. (Salt Lake Tribune)
A Colorado community turns to outdoor recreation to diversify its economy and offset losses from the planned 2025 retirement of a coal power plant. (Steamboat Pilot & Today)

HYDROPOWER: A renewable energy developer submits a license application for a 900 MW pumped hydropower storage project in southern Wyoming. (Renewables Now)

CLIMATE: Of 275 bills passed by the Arizona Legislature this year, only one — paving the way for climate-friendly refrigerants — is related to climate change. (12News)

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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.