HYDROGEN: Wyoming and New Mexico officials say they will continue to work together to establish a regional hydrogen hub even though the proposal was not selected for federal funding. (Casper Star-Tribune, Carlsbad Current-Argus) 

ALSO: New Mexico advocates push back on a committee’s recommendation to grant state energy transition funds to hydrogen-production startups, citing water consumption and emissions concerns. (Source NM)


TRANSITION: Colorado lawmakers propose establishing passenger rail service on lines used to carry coal to retiring power plants in the western part of the state. (CPR)


MICROGRIDS: Colorado receives $17.2 million in federal infrastructure funding to develop microgrids in remote and vulnerable communities. (Big Pivots)


BATTERIES: A California company launches a virtual power plant allowing its residential battery storage customers to sell power back to the grid. (news release)

CLIMATE: A Seattle sports facility becomes the world’s first arena to receive zero-carbon certification after it upgrades its efficiency and reduces emissions. (News Tribune)

LITHIUM: A Canada company proposes extracting lithium from brine deposits in southwestern New Mexico. (NM Political Report)

URANIUM: A company proposes establishing a uranium mine on federal land in western New Mexico. (El Defensor Chieftain)


  • A journalist says the energy transition is moving forward in fossil fuel-reliant northwestern New Mexico despite all odds, but it still faces obstacles. (Land Desk)
  • A California editorial board celebrates a bus-lane building boom in Los Angeles, saying it lures more passengers to public transit by providing faster, more reliable service. (Los Angeles Times)

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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.