SOLAR: The Biden administration releases a map showing how the U.S. could produce 45% of its electricity via solar by 2050 — a goal that will require major grid upgrades and doubling solar installations annually for the next four years. (Washington Post)

ALSO:
• The Energy Department’s solar plan hinges on congressional Democrats passing their $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill with a Clean Electricity Payment Program and FERC reforms intact. (E&E News)
• First Solar’s manufacturing plant in Toledo, Ohio, is expected to play a key role in helping to achieve the Biden administration’s renewable energy goals while also reducing dependence on China. (Washington Post)
• Residents in New Orleans and elsewhere look to solar and battery backup systems to keep power on as climate-fueled extreme weather threatens centralized electrical grids. (Thomson Reuters Foundation)

FOSSIL FUELS:
• About 60% of the world’s oil and gas reserves and 90% of its coal will need to stay in the ground for the world to have even a 50% chance of achieving Paris Agreement goals, a study finds. (Grist)
• A federal judge invalidates Obama administration regulations that discouraged mining companies from selling discounted coal to their subsidiaries, but the decision preserves oil and gas-related provisions. (E&E News)
• The Biden administration announces its intent to review a Trump-era decision to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas leasing. (E&E News)
• Ohio legislation that would eliminate regulations for using produced water from oil and gas wells as a de-icer on roads is “literally a radioactive subsidy” for the industry, critics say. (Energy News Network)

CLIMATE:
• New Orleans officials report 11 additional deaths from Hurricane Ida, mostly older residents who died from the heat during power outages, raising the storm’s death toll to 26 in Louisiana. (Associated Press)
• People with disabilities say they’re not being included in climate solutions planning and are highlighting how last week’s nationwide flooding exposed the inaccessibility of safety measures during climate change-driven disasters. (The Hill)

GRID: The U.S. Energy Department awards $25 million to a public-private group developing powerful inverters that can distribute renewable energy over long distances. (Utility Dive)

TRANSPORTATION:
• An American airline trade group will announce a commitment to using 3 billion gallons of sustainable fuel in 2030 at a White House event today. (Reuters)
• New York Gov. Kathy Hochul signs a law allowing only emissions-free passenger vehicle sales by 2035, making hers the second state to set a similar target. (The Hill)
• Florida and Texas have the second and third most electric vehicles registered of any U.S. states, despite the fact that neither have passed zero-emission vehicle mandates. (Green Car Reports)

STORAGE: A South Korean electric vehicle battery maker buys a U.S. electric storage developer and says it will invest $1 billion in the company to develop battery systems in the Northeast, Midwest and Texas. (Bloomberg)

BIOFUELS: A draft U.S. House budget bill includes $1 billion for biofuel infrastructure and increasing the usage of biofuel-blended fuels. (Iowa Capital Dispatch)

COMMENTARY: President Biden should block the remaining construction on the Line 3 pipeline similar to how he revoked a key permit for the Keystone XL pipeline, a Wisconsin editorial board says. (Madison Capital Times)