CARBON CAPTURE: A Navajo Nation-owned energy company proposes installing carbon capture equipment on the Four Corners coal plant in New Mexico even though the facility’s majority owners plan to close it by 2031. (Albuquerque Journal)


  • A small western Colorado town turns to medical tourism to help fill the economic hole left by the decline of the fossil fuel industries. (Big Pivots)
  • A new study explores how federal policies can help New Mexico oil and gas-reliant communities transition away from fossil fuels. (news release)


TRANSPORTATION: Colorado’s transportation department considers reviving passenger rail service between Denver and northwestern Colorado. (Trains)


HYDROGEN: California regulators approve $8.5 million in grants for aviation and marine hydrogen fueling projects. (S&P Global)

GRID: Federal regulators approve the SunZia transmission project’s open access tariff governing rates on the under-construction New Mexico-to-Arizona line. (RTO Insider, subscription



BIOFUELS: A Washington county launches a pilot program using sewage heat recovery to warm buildings. (KIRO)

POLLUTION: Some Denver-area nonprofits choose not to participate in or struggle implementing air quality monitoring programs due to lack of support or an unwillingness to remain on a “treadmill of data collection.” (Denver Post)

UTILITIES: Wyoming residents pack public hearings to urge regulators to reject Rocky Mountain Power’s proposed 21.6% rate increase, claiming it would force businesses to close and push households to seek public assistance. (WyoFile)

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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.