HYDROGEN: A New York asset manager proposes converting a defunct coal plant in New Mexico to run on blue hydrogen produced onsite and capturing the carbon for tax credits. (New York Times)

OIL & GAS:
Colorado regulators greenlight a proposal to drill 151 oil and gas wells in a rural area outside Denver that is experiencing rapid residential growth. (Colorado Sun)
Colorado’s oil and gas industry learns to live with stricter drilling rules but worries they may spread to other states. (E&E News)
New Mexico officials say a record-breaking $300 million in state land oil and gas royalties processed in October shows heightened regulations are not hurting the industry. (news release)     
• A California judge revokes a 2021 court ruling and restores Kern County’s authority to permit oil and gas drilling. (Bakersfield Californian)
A federal judge rules conservation and Indigenous groups can help legally defend a California county’s denial of ExxonMobil’s proposal to truck oil through the area. (news release)

COAL: Peabody Energy and Arch Resources report combined third-quarter profits of $135 million from their Wyoming coal mines. (Casper Star-Tribune)

SOLAR: New Mexico regulators approve two utilities’ proposed rate schedules for compensating community solar subscribers for power sent back to the grid. (Santa Fe New Mexican)

WIND: California officials say the state will need 1,300 floating turbines and 10 or more ports to support them to reach its offshore wind target of 25 GW by 2045. (RTO Insider, subscription)

MICROGRIDS: California companies partner with a university to build a community of 200 all-electric, solar-plus-storage-powered homes connected by a microgrid. (news release)

STORAGE: A U.S. Army base in Colorado brings a redox flow battery system online to power facilities during outages. (FOX21)

GRID:
Heavy snow in northwest Montana topples trees into utility lines, leaving more than 12,000 homes without power. (Whitefish Pilot)
California’s grid operator credits increased capacity and battery storage, customer conservation and market enhancements with helping the power system withstand September’s heat wave. (ABC10)

UTILITIES: Arizona Public Service plans to install 500,000 smart meters over the next seven years. (Smart Energy International)

NUCLEAR: The operator of a uranium mill in southeast Utah defends itself against the neighboring Ute Mountain Ute Tribe’s protests, saying there’s “no safer place” to store radioactive waste. (CPR) 

POLITICS: Arizona utilities pour money into the gubernatorial campaign of Kari Lake, a pro-nuclear power Republican who opposes renewable energy mandates. (Energy and Policy Institute)

LITHIUM: Lithium Americas hopes to jumpstart its controversial Thacker Pass project proposed for Nevada by splitting into two companies and diluting a Chinese company’s stake in the firm. (Reuters)

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Jonathan P. Thompson

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.