POLITICS: President-elect Biden names his energy and environment transition team members, including academics, Obama administration alumni, and representatives of labor and environmental groups. (S&P Global)

Former Iowa Gov. Chet Culver is reportedly under consideration for a possible senior role in the Energy Department, according to sources. (Bloomberg)
• Biden is expected to name Ronald Klain as his White House chief of staff; the longtime aide is vocal on climate change and viewed as an ally by progressive environmental groups. (E&E News, subscription)
• Despite President Trump’s refusal to concede, energy companies are not waiting to congratulate and lobby the incoming Biden administration in hopes of helping to shape its climate plans. (Washington Post)

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• Occidental Petroleum becomes the first major U.S. oil producer to set a net-zero emissions goal for everything it extracts and sells. (Bloomberg)
Just five of the largest 39 oil and gas companies have announced emission targets on track to avoid a 2-degree Celsius in global warming. (Bloomberg)
• Shell says it will push for carbon pricing and the reversal of President Trump’s rollback of methane emissions rules under the new administration. (Bloomberg)

EMISSIONS: The Prairie Island Indian Community in Minnesota is set to jumpstart its net zero emissions plan with major investments in solar, a microgrid and energy efficiency. (Energy News Network)

• One-third of the top venture-backed clean tech companies in 2010 are no longer in business, but success stories include Tesla and ChargePoint. (Greentech Media)
• New York officials propose utility rebates for communities that host wind or solar facilities, which could help temper local opposition to energy projects. (Albany Times Union)

• A developer converting a Connecticut office building into a net-zero hotel hopes the project can provide a model for an industry that has lagged on energy efficiency. (New York Times)
• Tennessee Valley Authority partners with Urban League chapters across Tennessee to offer energy efficiency training for contractors. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

• Kansas City utility Evergy disputes a news report that it turned down a $15 billion acquisition bid from NextEra Energy, saying there is currently no offer on the table. (Greentech Media)
• Utility officials say the increase in residential power demand due to the pandemic has amplified the need for affordable energy and a reliable, resilient energy grid. (Daily Energy Insider)
• 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)

• Ford plans to invest hundreds of millions of dollars in southeast Michigan to build electric vehicles and EV components. (Detroit News)
• A Turkish electric vehicle parts supplier announces it will open its first North American manufacturing plant in Georgia. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

• 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)

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)

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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)

• Michael Bloomberg writes that President-elect Biden must “take a whole government approach to climate action right from the get-go.” (Bloomberg)
• A pair of health educators propose a Civilian Climate Corps that could simultaneously tackle the pandemic, economy, climate and racial injustice. (The Hill)

Dan has two decades' experience working in print, digital and broadcast media. Prior to joining the Energy News Network as managing editor in December 2017, he oversaw watchdog reporting at the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, part of the USA Today Network, and before that spent several years as a freelance journalist covering energy, business and technology. Dan is a former Midwest Energy News journalism fellow and a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and mass communications from University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.