CLIMATE: Hawaii youths sue the state’s transportation department, claiming it’s violating their constitutional rights by not doing enough to stem greenhouse gas emissions. (Honolulu Star-Advertiser)

EFFICIENCY: Aspen, Colorado’s city council adopts strict energy-efficiency building codes requiring heat pumps and beefed up insulation on new homes and limiting energy spent on exterior heating. (Colorado Sun)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Tesla’s manufacturing facility expansion in Nevada is expected to trigger hundreds of millions of state tax abatements on top of the $1.3 billion in incentives the company already has received. (Nevada Current)

• Phoenix, Arizona’s city council votes to spend up to $230 million over the next five years to purchase low- and zero-emission buses. (Arizona Republic)
A California borax mine successfully tests fueling its haul trucks with renewable diesel produced from cooking oil and animal fats. (CIM Magazine)

New Mexico lawmakers advance a bill that would require new schools to be built with enough solar capacity to provide at least 51% of the facility’s energy. (NM Political Report)
A California port obtains about 30% of its power from clean sources after bringing its share of a solar facility online. (Splash)

UTILITIES: A southern California clean power authority seeks developers to install solar-plus-storage projects in public buildings to provide backup power during outages. (Public Power)

• New Mexico regulators say cold temperatures and downed equipment led oil and gas operations to flare and vent record high levels of methane and other associated gasses in December. (Capital & Main)
California environmental justice advocates work to block the oil and gas industry’s efforts to overturn new state regulations. (Inside Climate News)
Environmental, Indigenous and social justice organizations call on New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham to phase out oil and gas production by 2034. (news release)

A power plant in Wyoming is the nation’s only coal-fired facility that costs less to operate than new wind or solar replacements with equivalent output, an energy think tank finds. (Inside Climate News)  
• New Mexico lawmakers consider a bill that would ensure the retired San Juan coal plant’s decommissioning is completed with minimal environmental impacts. (KRQE)

DIVESTMENT: A sustainable-economy research firm finds a Colorado public employees’ pension fund missed out on $2.7 billion over the last ten years by not divesting from fossil fuels. (Corporate Knights)

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GEOTHERMAL: A startup successfully demonstrates its method for tapping geothermal power deep underground by drilling an 18,000 foot well in southwestern New Mexico. (Albuquerque Journal)

CARBON CAPTURE: New Mexico lawmakers advance a bill aimed at expediting carbon capture project permitting by letting the state approve sequestration wells before the federal government. (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.