UTILITIES: Arizona regulators reject ambitious clean energy rules that would require utilities to procure 100% zero-carbon power by 2070, increase solar and efficiency incentives, and encourage solar facility siting in coal communities. (Associated Press) 

Three Colorado utilities plan to join Southwest Power Pool’s Western Energy Imbalance Service instead of a similar market run by California’s grid operator. (RTO Insider, subscription)
The owners of a California power plant that exploded last May and sent shrapnel into a nearby town say equipment failures, not human error, caused the incident. (KTVU)  

Los Angeles’ city council votes to ban new oil and gas drilling and directs the city to study ways to phase out about 1,000 existing wells over the next two decades. (Los Angeles Times)
New Mexico regulators vie for federal infrastructure funds to plug the state’s estimated 1,700 abandoned and orphaned oil and gas wells. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)
Hawaii lawmakers consider prohibiting underground fuel storage tanks near aquifers, potentially affecting the U.S. Navy’s leak-plagued Red Hill facility blamed for contaminating drinking water. (Honolulu Star-Advertiser)
California’s Supreme Court will hear a case regarding a 2016 Monterey County ballot initiative banning oil and gas development. (news release)
Environmental organizations urge the Biden administration to reject a proposed Utah rail line that could facilitate a fourfold oil and gas production increase from the Uinta Basin. (news release)

California Gov. Gavin Newsom proposes spending $6.5 billion to build electric vehicle charging infrastructure and on incentives for low-income residents to purchase zero-emission cars. (Palo Alto Online)
Wyoming researchers explore extracting rare earth minerals from coal ash to reduce the need to mine critical electric vehicle components. (news release)

HYDROGEN: A Chicago company’s proposal to build a $2.2 billion wind- and solar-powered hydrogen extraction plant in eastern Wyoming sparks landowner concerns about the facility’s water use. (Douglas Budget)

STORAGE: Investigators find a faulty heat suppression system — not lithium ion batteries — caused the incident that took California’s Moss Landing energy storage facility offline in September. (Power Engineering)

WIND: Oregon officials begin developing a plan to develop a 3 GW floating offshore wind-power facility. (E&E News, subscription)

COAL: A bill blocking a proposed rail line that would ship Powder River Basin coal to California’s northern coast for export clears the state senate. (Times-Standard)

COMMENTARY: A Colorado climate advocate urges officials not only to reduce fossil fuel combustion, but also to stop exporting oil and gas produced in the state. (Colorado Sun)

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.