ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Denver pauses its popular e-bike rebate program after a $9 million pool that was expected to last three years is depleted in just six months, as a statewide program is expected to launch next year. (Colorado Sun)

ALSO:
• The Colorado Energy Office announces $3 million in grants for charging stations in residential or public areas. (Steamboat Pilot & Today)
• Hawaiian Electric announces a plan to make it easier for businesses to take advantage of its electric vehicle charging program. (KHON)
• A California startup hopes to offer affordable electric vehicle leases to drivers with long commutes. (Canary Media)
• California officials say sales of hydrogen fuel cell cars have plummeted, with only 153 sold in the third quarter of this year. (Inside EVs)

NATURAL GAS:
• Colorado regulators consider eliminating a subsidy for new natural gas connections paid by utility ratepayers; California ended a similar policy earlier this year. (Colorado Public Radio)
• Officials in a Colorado ski town approve a temporary natural gas storage facility as Xcel Energy warns its system may not be able to keep up with demand from new housing during extreme cold. (Summit Daily)

CLIMATE:
• Portland’s city council is expected to vote this week on a major overhaul of the city’s climate equity fund to improve transparency and accountability. (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
• With a third candidate pulling votes from Democrats, Oregon could see a Republican governor for the first time in decades, and the candidate has pledged to “tear up” the state’s climate executive order “on day one.” (Inside Climate News)
• A $100,000 grant will help Hopi youth learn how to adapt traditional farming practices to climate change. (Navajo-Hopi Observer)

COAL:
• Utah officials say an underground coal mine fire could disrupt power generation at two of the state’s power plants. (Salt Lake Tribune)
• While demand has increased for Wyoming coal, a mining official says “the railroads didn’t keep pace,” and a looming strike could shut down shipments altogether. (Wyoming Public Radio)
• A federal agency recognizes Wyoming officials for successfully stabilizing an underground mine beneath an elementary school. (Casper Star Tribune)

UTILITIES: California regulatory staff say PG&E should pay a $155 million fine for its role in the Zogg fire in 2020. (Mercury News)

NUCLEAR: Backers of small modular reactors pitch them as a rescue for coal towns, but a Colorado utility executive warns that while converting coal plants to nuclear is technically feasible, “significant challenges” remain. (S&P Global)

SOLAR: Construction on a 150 MW Wyoming solar farm is expected to begin in March. (Cowboy State Daily)

COMMENTARY:
• A Montana geologist explains why high energy prices are not the result of a lack of American production. (Montana Standard)
• An official from the California Trucking Association says a state plan for zero-emission trucking ignores concerns raised by the industry. (CalMatters)

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Ken is the director of the Energy News Network at Fresh Energy and is a founding editor of both Midwest Energy News and Southeast Energy News. Prior to joining Fresh Energy, he was the managing editor for online news at Minnesota Public Radio. He started his journalism career in 2002 as a copy editor for the Duluth News Tribune before spending five years at the Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington, where he worked as a copy editor, online producer, features editor and night city editor. A Nebraska native, Ken has a bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a master's degree from the University of Oregon. He is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors.