TRANSPORTATION: California air quality officials approve regulations aimed at significantly reducing pollution from diesel trucks and ships. (Los Angeles Times)

ALSO: State regulators approve Southern California Edison’s $437 million electric vehicle infrastructure program for 38,000 new charging stations, believed to be the largest program of its kind in the U.S. (Reuters)

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GRID: California regulators approve previously announced utility contracts for nearly 1.2 GW of battery storage capacity, one of the largest in the U.S. (Bloomberg)

• Conservation groups allege the Bureau of Land Management’s plans for fossil fuel development in the Powder River Basin violated federal law and a 2018 court order. (Bloomberg Law)
• Montana regulators are to decide in December on NorthWestern Energy’s proposed 92-MW acquisition in Colstrip Unit 4. (Montana Public Radio)
• A Wyoming coal mine is to be the site for a pilot-scale demonstration project aimed at reducing electricity costs and emissions. (University of Wyoming News)

California regulators plan to release a complete analysis of the root cause of the power supply problems that necessitated implementing rolling blackouts earlier this month. (San Francisco Chronicle)
PG&E says it has restored power to more than 30,000 customers in northern and central California wildfire evacuation zones. (Bay City News Service)
A credit ratings agency releases a new report exploring how California’s rolling blackouts and wildfires emphasize the “challenging utility operating environment in a state prone to natural disasters.” (S&P Global)
Distributed energy resources are helping to offset the impacts of larger power outages. (Greentech Media)

RENEWABLE ENERGY: Construction has started on a renewable energy resource project to improve resilience on an outage-prone section of the California coast. (Santa Barbara News-Press)

STORAGE: A German energy storage company is planning a “virtual power plant” of connected solar panels and batteries across seven California apartment complexes. (Verge)

CARBON: A New Mexico county advances its Carbon Free Power Project in a 5-2 vote. (Los Alamos Daily Post)

A New Mexico editorial board criticizes state regulators for failing to make significant progress toward renewable energy without sacrificing reliability of the state’s grid. (Albuquerque Journal)
An Arizona lawmaker says large-scale solar energy initiatives could boost the state’s post-pandemic economic future. (Arizona Central)

Lisa is a Lenape and Nanticoke Native American freelance journalist, editor and writer currently based in the U.K. She has more than two decades’ experience working in corporate communications and print and digital media. She compiles the Western Energy News daily email digest. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Temple University; her specializations include data journalism and visualization. She is a member of the Native American Journalists Association, Investigative Reporters & Editors, Society of Professional Journalists, and the National Union of Journalists (U.K.).