CLIMATE: As the Burning Man festival’s environmental impact faces increased scrutiny, critics note that event organizers played a key role in blocking a proposed geothermal project in Nevada earlier this year. (Grist)

ALSO:
The youth behind a landmark climate lawsuit in Montana say they hope it will encourage people to take the crisis more seriously. (ABC News)
A bill in the California Senate would implement greenhouse gas reporting rules beyond what the Securities and Exchange Commission is expected to require. (GreenBiz)

GRID:
California’s grid operator filed a proposal with federal regulators last month seeking an expanded Western power market. (E&E News, subscription)
Arizona’s Salt River Project has tapped a German company to develop a 5 MW, 10-hour storage project. (Utility Dive)
An expansion of solar in California means the Oct. 14 annular eclipse is expected to have a greater impact on the grid than a 2017 event. (RTO Insider, subscription)

CLEAN ENERGY: The U.S. Department of Energy has identified the parcels it plans to lease for clean energy development at the Hanford nuclear site in Washington state, and plans an informational meeting later this month. (Tri-City Herald)

OIL & GAS:
Proposed Bureau of Land Management rules would increase royalty rates and tighten cleanup rules for drilling on public lands. (Colorado Sun)
An oil and gas operator proposes a $1 billion expansion in the Permian Basin. (Carlsbad Current Argus)
Advocates say a century of oil development on the Navajo Nation has left leaking wells and other hazards, with few benefits for the people who live there. (Capital and Main)

SOLAR: Three years after New Mexico passed a law allowing community solar, the first projects are still months, or even years, away. (Source NM)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
A Wyoming draft bill no longer includes a provision that critics say would have taxed some electric vehicle chargers out of existence. (Cowboy State Daily)
Two companies are testing an electric tractor charged by a solar canopy at a California winery. (PV Magazine)

TRANSPORTATION: Officials in northwest Colorado towns facing coal plant closures push for a passenger rail connection to nearby Steamboat Springs, which is facing a housing crunch. (Craig Daily Press)

EFFICIENCY: An Eritrean immigrant who converted a suburban Denver laundromat to be water- and energy-efficient found his customers weren’t happy with the changes. (CPR News)

COMMENTARY:
An editorial board says 2023 is “looking like a do-nothing year” on climate in the California legislature. (Los Angeles Times)
“An open death invitation”: An Air Force veteran describes the hazards of commuting by bicycle in Las Vegas. (Nevada Independent)

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Ken is the director of the Energy News Network at Fresh Energy and is a founding editor of both Midwest Energy News and Southeast Energy News. Prior to joining Fresh Energy, he was the managing editor for online news at Minnesota Public Radio. He started his journalism career in 2002 as a copy editor for the Duluth News Tribune before spending five years at the Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington, where he worked as a copy editor, online producer, features editor and night city editor. A Nebraska native, Ken has a bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a master's degree from the University of Oregon. He is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors.