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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The City of San Jose, California may expand its gas prohibition ordinance and require all new commercial buildings to be powered entirely by electricity. (San Jose Spotlight)
The Navajo Nation has connected 335 homes to the electric grid using federal coronavirus funds. (Navajo Post)

WIND: Wyoming lawmakers advance a bill that would make wind energy producers pay more in taxes in the first three years of new projects in a 7-6 vote. (Wyoming Tribune Eagle)

SOLAR: Utah regulators come to an agreement with Rocky Mountain Power to reduce the price for export credits paid to solar customers on the grid. (Daily Energy Insider)

EFFICIENCY: Three Western states are among the top 10 for new homes meeting Energy Star certification, with Arizona topping the overall rankings. (New York Times)

HYDROGEN: A Southern California city seeks to partner with Japan on developing hydrogen transportation technology. (news release)

COAL: New data shows that Western coal production increased slightly in the third quarter from Q2, but is still far below last year’s levels. (S&P Global)

Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon will use $15 million in federal funds to help the state’s struggling oil and gas industry. (Casper Star-Tribune)
New Mexico’s state treasurer is alarmed by loopholes in the state’s proposed oil and gas methane emissions rules. (Associated Press)
Questions are being asked whether President-elect Joe Biden’s proposed changes to the federal oil and gas program are feasible and could survive legal and political challenges. (E&E News, subscription)

TRANSPORTATION: Walmart announces it is to test delivery using autonomous electric vehicles in a Phoenix, Arizona suburb early next year. (Grocery Dive)

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POLITICS: Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is reportedly a contender for heading the EPA or Interior Department in President-elect Joe Biden’s administration. (Spokesman-Review)

COMMENTARY: A journalist and an electricity policy expert cite New Mexico’s largest power provider forgoing natural gas for solar as an example of what can happen when utilities break a fossil-fuel mindset. (New York Times)

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.).