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Two more California cities vote to ban natural gas

ELECTRIFICATION:
San Jose officials vote to ban natural gas in new commercial and high-rise residential buildings in an 8-3 vote, the largest city in the U.S. to do so. (San Jose Spotlight)
Oakland’s city council unanimously approves a measure banning natural gas in new residential and commercial buildings. (San Francisco Chronicle)

CLIMATE: Nevada releases its “State Climate Strategy” aiming to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. (KLAS)

TRANSPORTATION: Ford encourages other automakers to withdraw from a lawsuit challenging California’s right to set tailpipe emissions standards. (The Hill)

OIL & GAS:
• Los Angeles officials will consider a zoning update that would ban oil drilling within city limits. (Courthouse News Service)
• Bay Area communities are encouraged by President-elect Joe Biden’s promise to assist with litigation holding fossil fuel companies accountable for damage caused by greenhouse gas emissions. (San Francisco Chronicle)
• The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers abandons its four-year battle to dredge 13 miles of waterways to clear San Francisco Bay for larger oil tankers. (Bay City News Service)

RENEWABLE ENERGY: The harbor district of a Northern California city is considering partnering with a renewable energy firm on projects in a bid to create a “green” port and revitalize the area. (Lost Coast Outpost)

SOLAR:
A Colorado county is considering proposed changes to solar panel regulations for property owners and companies. (Greeley Tribune)
• Nevada regulators approve three NV Energy projects totaling 478 MW of new solar generation and 338 MW of energy storage. (Solar Industry Magazine)
• Energy Northwest is partnering with an energy services company to develop a 75 MW solar project in Washington State. (Wenatchee World)
Central Valley, California farmland consolidations could allow for substantial investment in solar power generation projects. (Bakersfield Californian)

UTILITIES: Nearly 237,000 Southern California Edison and 89,000 San Diego Gas & Electric ratepayers face possible planned power outages starting tonight due to weather conditions that could result in extreme fire dangers. (Palm Springs Desert Sun, San Diego Union-Tribune)

BIOFUELS: Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts are using a new biogas purification system for recycling food waste to produce renewable natural gas for vehicles. (news release)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A former Tesla factory employee is set to pay $400,000 to the company as part of a lawsuit settlement for allegedly tipping off reporters about alleged production inefficiencies and delays. (Reuters)

COMMENTARY: Senators Tom Udall (D-NM) and Charles Grassley (R-IA) advocate for a new bill that would set a uniform federal royalty for new oil and leases on public lands. (New York Times)

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