OIL & GAS: Environmental groups call on Colorado regulators to adopt tougher rules for analyzing the cumulative impacts of oil and gas drilling after a 466-well project is approved in the northeastern part of the state. (Colorado Sun)

ALSO:
The U.S. EPA finalizes an air quality plan aimed at reducing ozone-forming emissions from oil and gas facilities on the Uintah and Ouray Indian Reservation in northeastern Utah. (Cortez Journal)
Alaska leaders say a proposed liquefied natural gas pipeline and export terminal would reduce international dependence on Russian oil, but environmentalists say it will hurt wildlife and increase emissions. (High Country News)
A New Mexico petroleum magnate buys a newspaper and donates to political campaigns to wield influence over oil and gas-related policymaking and regulations. (Searchlight New Mexico)
U.S. Sen. Ben Ray Lujan, D-New Mexico, introduces a bill that would allocate federal funding for abandoned oil and gas well identification, monitoring and research. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)

GRID:
Bonneville Power Administration seeks information on Thanksgiving Day attacks on substations in the Portland, Oregon, area that were among at least six such incidents across the Northwest recently. (KFLD, OPB)
PacifiCorp becomes the first utility to join the California grid operator’s extended day-ahead power market and the Western Power Pool’s resource adequacy market. (news release)
The U.S. Energy Department awards an Idaho researcher $700,000 to improve grid reliability by allowing it to think like a human. (Idaho Statesman)

SOLAR:
Opponents and supporters of a California proposal to reduce net metering payments for rooftop solar duke it out in advance of regulators’ expected decision next week. (Los Angeles Times)
A community in the Alaska Arctic begins work on a 280 KW solar-plus-storage installation that will function as an independent power producer. (Arctic Sounder)
A California modular home manufacturer’s off-grid factory is powered entirely by an on-site solar installation backed up by a single Tesla Megapack.  (Solar Magazine)

TRANSPORTATION:
Oregon environmentalists say Portland’s plan to reduce truck emissions by replacing petroleum diesel with biofuels does not account for biodiesel’s environmental impacts. (Oregonian)
Colorado regulators set a new goal of putting 35,000 hydrogen or electric medium- and heavy-duty trucks on the road by 2030. (Longmont Times-Call)

HYDROGEN: A startup secures a lease agreement for its proposed solar-powered green hydrogen fuel production facility in Lancaster, California. (news release) 

COAL:
Northwest Indigenous leaders call on the federal government to pressure Canada to halt coal mine expansions in British Columbia, saying they pollute waters that cross into the U.S. (Daily Montanan) 
• Tri-State Generation & Transmission hires outside grant writers to help a Colorado community prepare for a coal power plant’s phased shutdown over the next several years. (Craig Daily Press)

NUCLEAR: California environmental advocates call on federal regulators to reject Pacific Gas & Electric’s relicensing application for the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant. (news release)

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Jonathan P. Thompson

Jonathan hails from southwestern Colorado and has been writing about the land, cultures, and communities of the Western United States for more than two decades. He compiles the Western Energy News digest. He is the author of three books, a contributing editor at High Country News, and the editor of the Land Desk, an e-newsletter that provides coverage and context on issues critical to the West.