Colorado sets new rules for oil and gas drilling permits

Note to readers: Western Energy News is taking a break for the holiday and will be back on Monday, Nov. 30. Thank you for reading! OIL & GAS: Colorado regulators finalize new rules for oil and gas drilling permits, including a requirement that most new drilling be set back at least 2,000 feet from homes and schools. (Colorado Sun)

ALSO: Environmental groups oppose an upcoming Bureau of Land Management oil and gas lease auction in New Mexico, concerned about air pollution.

Treasury seeks to block banks from divesting of Arctic oil and gas

OIL & GAS: The Treasury Department proposes a rule that would limit large banks from pulling their financing from Arctic oil and gas projects after several banks announced policies prohibiting such investments. (Anchorage Daily News)

PUBLIC LANDS: The New Mexico congresswoman reportedly being considered for Interior Secretary under President-elect Joe Biden says leasing practices for federal lands need to change to encourage more clean energy. (S&P Global)

EQUITY: A first-of-its-kind clean energy fund created by Portland, Oregon, voters prioritizes grants to people of color and those with low income to offset “centuries of underinvestment” in those communities. (NPR)

COAL: Colorado air quality regulators move to order three coal-fired power plants to close by the end of 2028, sooner than their owners have said they would voluntarily retire them. (Colorado Sun)

POLICY: After four years of attacks by President Trump, Californians expect to play an influential role in shaping policy under President-elect Biden, including on climate and equity issues.

Tri-State to cut its Colorado emissions 80% by 2030

EMISSIONS: Tri-State Generation & Transmission announces plans to reduce emissions associated with its Colorado wholesale electricity sales by 80% by 2030. (Craig Daily Press)

WIND: Arizona’s largest utility signs a 200 MW power purchase agreement for electricity from two New Mexico wind farms. (reNews)

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CLIMATE:
• Down-ballot results from last week’s Western elections could have significant climate and environmental impacts.

Tucson climate plan focused on climate justice and equity

CLIMATE: The City of Tucson, Arizona is centering climate justice and equity in its green transition plan. (The Guardian)

ALSO: The head of Colorado’s energy office anticipates “a 180-degree shift” on climate action under the Biden administration. (Denver Post)

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San Francisco bans natural gas in new buildings

ELECTRIFICATION: San Francisco officials vote unanimously to ban natural gas connections in new buildings starting next year. (San Francisco Chronicle)

POLLUTION: The EPA says large portions of Utah’s Wasatch Front are set to be in compliance with federal standards for fine-particulate pollution after more than a decade of not meeting the standard. (Deseret News)

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UTILITIES: A former California public utility regulator says the state’s attorney general should investigate what led to the state’s grid operator ordering rolling blackouts this summer.