HYDROGEN: An Australian firm plans to establish a $100 million green hydrogen research and manufacturing complex in New Mexico. (Albuquerque Journal)


SOLAR: An Arizona electric cooperative brings a 23 MW solar-plus-storage facility online in the western part of the state. (news release)

WIND: A California firm acquires an aging wind power facility near Palm Springs with plans to refurbish and repower it. (San Diego Union-Tribune)



HYDROPOWER: Arizona utility Salt River Project looks to construct a 2,000 MW pumped hydropower storage facility by 2033. (KTAR)

GEOTHERMAL: A western Colorado community receives $716,000 in federal funding to research, design and plan a large-scale geothermal system to heat and cool 16-acres of residential and institutional buildings. (Boise State Public Radio

COAL: New Mexico regulators approve Xcel Energy’s plan to limit operations at its Tolk coal plant until retiring it in 2028, four years ahead of schedule. (KRQE)

CARBON CAPTURE: California researchers, startups and nonprofits team up to establish a community designed and controlled direct air carbon removal facility in the San Joaquin Valley. (E&E News)

ELECTRIFICATION: Studies find gasoline-powered leaf blowers emit dangerously high levels of pollutants and are noisy, leading California and some Western cities to ban them. (Grist)

CLIMATE: Public Service Company of New Mexico’s CEO joins academics and advocates to explore ways to equitably accelerate climate solutions. (NM Political Report)


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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.