OIL & GAS: A peer-reviewed study finds reports from fossil fuel-funded energy research centers, including Stanford’s, are “more favorable” toward natural gas than renewable energy. (Gizmodo)

ALSO:
The U.S. EPA awards millions of dollars to Colorado environmental justice groups for tools to monitor air pollution from oil and gas facilities in underserved communities. (Colorado Sun)
A U.S. EPA analysis finds its proposed methane rule will reduce oil and gas facilities’ benzene, toluene and other hazardous pollutant emissions by 30,000 tons annually. (E&E News, subscription)
Federal energy analysts say Permian Basin oil production is rising more slowly than expected but predict output will reach another record high in December. (Reuters) 

FOSSIL FUELS: Oil, natural gas and coal operations on federal lands in Colorado generated more than $393 million in royalties in 2022, the most in 14 years. (Colorado Sun)

SOLAR:
• An energy developer agrees to pay $416,500 in federal civil penalties for failing to control runoff at a solar facility it is constructing in Idaho. (Associated Press)  
• A federal study finds states with high rates of rooftop solar adoption, including Nevada, stood up better to power outages last year. (PV Magazine) 

WIND: An Alaska developer proposes building two wind power facilities with a combined 450 MW capacity; each would have more capacity than the state’s current largest facility. (KUAC)

UTILITIES:
• An Alaska city proposes selling its municipal utility to a neighboring electric association to create a regional electricity cooperative. (KDLL)
California’s nonprofit community choice energy providers have signed power purchase agreements for more than 11,000 MW since 2018. (news release) 

HYDROGEN: A Northwest public-private partnership and a coalition of Western states each apply for a share of $8 billion in federal funding to develop regional hydrogen production and distribution hubs. (Albuquerque Journal, news release)

GRID: California’s grid operator issues a draft final proposal to add a day-ahead market to its real-time Western Energy Imbalance Market. (RTO Insider, subscription)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Colorado’s energy office launches a campaign to educate residents about buying, owning and driving electric vehicles. (Utility Dive)

ELECTRIFICATION: Marin County, California, is expected to pass an ordinance today that would require new buildings to be all electric. (San Francisco Chronicle)

BIOFUELS:
• An Oregon ski resort plans to construct a wood-fueled biomass facility next year to heat its buildings and reduce reliance on propane. (news release)
A Montana biorefinery that converts soybean oil and animal fats into diesel considers producing aviation fuel. (Biomass Magazine)

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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.