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. (Los Angeles Times)
The town of Hailey, Idaho passes a resolution targeting 100% clean energy by 2035. (Idaho Mountain Express)

EFFICIENCY: A policy expert says San Francisco’s move to ban natural gas in new buildings is necessary for the state to achieve its carbon neutrality goals by 2045. (InsideClimate News)

TRANSPORTATION:
Colorado regulators are considering Xcel Energy’s proposal to spend $102 million over three years to increase the number of electric vehicles on the state’s roads. (Denver Post)
Arizona-based electric truck manufacturer Nikola says state-level and other efforts to curb emissions “can only accelerate” under President-elect Joe Biden’s administration, thereby increasing demand. (Utility Dive)
A hydrogen vs. electric trucking battle is emerging in California as the state transitions from diesel to zero-emission vehicles. (Freight Waves)

BIOFUEL: A downturn in the restaurant industry due to the COVID-19 pandemic is reducing the availability of used fryer oil — a key feedstock for California biodiesel refineries. (Bloomberg)

OIL & GAS:
New Mexico lawmakers are worried the state’s proposed rule to decrease methane emissions could threaten some of the state’s oil and gas operators during the economic downturn. (New Mexico Political Report)
The Permian Basin is set to become a hotbed of renewable energy power sources for oil and gas companies. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)

RENEWABLE ENERGY: California’s community choice aggregators have signed long-term power purchase agreements for new renewable energy resources totaling more than 6,000 MW to date. (Solar Power World)

SOLAR: A 100-MW solar project began operating in Central California this week. (Solar Power World)

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GEOTHERMAL: A Hawaii geothermal plant resumes operations after being partially destroyed by a volcanic eruption more than two years ago. (Pacific Business News, subscription)

COMMENTARY:
An energy trade association official in an interview discusses California’s grid problems and the impact on the state’s decarbonization efforts. (Greentech Media)
A California journalist and PG&E ratepayer invests in residential solar power and battery backup, and says the savings they were promised haven’t materialized. (Wired)

Lisa Ellwood

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.).