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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. (S&P Global)

NUCLEAR: The Oregon-based developers of a small modular nuclear reactor say it will generate more power than initially projected, which could lower overall costs. (Portland Business Journal)

SOLAR:
• Colorado researchers are finding that solar panels in fields can improve growing conditions for some types of crops, while also protecting them from hail. (Ag Journal)
• A residential community solar developer is constructing three new community solar systems totaling 12 MW in Colorado by 2021. (Solar Power World)

TRANSPORTATION:
While hydrogen has struggled to advance as a viable transportation fuel, a policy push in California could help overcome lingering skepticism. (New York Times)
California legislators are urging Gov. Gavin Newsom to look beyond battery-electric vehicles as the state seeks to decarbonize its transportation sector. (Green Car Congress)

OIL & GAS:
New Mexico’s Environment Department Secretary says there is still work to do on two contentious exemptions baked into the state’s draft methane emissions rule. (New Mexico Political Report)
Colorado’s third-largest oil and gas producer says it is in a position to bring dozens of new wells into production while paying down debt. (Denver Business Journal)
New Mexico State Representative Angelica Rubio says taking oil and gas money limits lawmakers’ ability to legislate proactively. (Santa Fe Reporter)
Wyoming regulators are considering an energy company’s request to dump its produced water into an underground reservoir conservationists say is a valuable drinking water resource. (WyoFile)

PIPELINES: Former Alaska Gov. Bill Walker announces the formation of a new pipeline venture aiming to capitalize on the state’s North Slope natural gas resources. (Anchorage Daily News)

PUBLIC LANDS:
State and local Colorado officials want the Bureau of Land Management to give the public more time to comment on plans to drill near Chimney Rock National Monument. (Denver Post)
Any of the potential New Mexico nominees pegged to lead the Interior Department could shift its focus away from oil and gas leases to conservation. (The Hill)

COAL:
• Xcel Energy may have to explain why its idling Comanche 3 coal plant in Colorado shouldn’t cease operations far sooner than 2069. (Mountain Town News)
• Output from 10 Uinta Basin coal mines increased 6.6% in the third quarter of 2020, but was still lower than prior-year figures. (S&P Global)

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POLITICS: President-elect Joe Biden’s expected policy changes are worrying Wyoming businesses servicing the state’s fossil fuels industries. (Wyoming Public Media)

COMMENTARY: The CEOs of a Northern California utility and energy software company say the state needs the right regulations to meet challenges caused by climate change. (Utility Dive)

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