INFRASTRUCTURE: President Biden announces a $579 billion, bipartisan infrastructure deal that includes spending for electric vehicles and public transit but omits major climate provisions. (New York Times)

ALSO: Biden says he will only sign the infrastructure bill if Congress also passes a reconciliation bill that includes more spending on Democratic priorities including clean energy and climate measures. (The Hill)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Several electric vehicle charging companies agree to allow any drivers to use their stations regardless of which networks they’re signed up with in a step toward getting “the EV experience to match the gas station experience.” (Axios)
• Federal researchers say vehicle charging infrastructure, battery quality and cultural acceptance will play larger roles than government subsidies in consumers’ decision to purchase an electric vehicle. (E&E News, subscription)
• The transit authority of Washington, D.C., decides to shift its entire bus fleet to zero-emissions vehicles by 2045. (The Washington Post)

GRID:
• A San Antonio committee blames February’s winter storm outages on the Texas power market’s regulatory structure, while another study finds natural gas was responsible for two-thirds of the energy deficit and solar outperformed projections. (San Antonio Report, Vice)
• U.S. House members vote to reauthorize a program that helps states protect energy infrastructure from cyber and physical threats. (Utility Dive)

OIL & GAS:
• The Biden administration indicates it will keep defending Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline in Minnesota despite its cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline and protests from environmentalists and Indigenous groups. (Star Tribune)
A new analysis by a public lands advocacy group tallies more than 30,000 abandoned oil and gas wells within 30 miles of national parks. (E&E News, subscription)
A significant increase in oil production from tribal lands complicates the Biden administration’s efforts to fight climate change. (Associated Press)
• The bipartisan infrastructure deal calls for a $6 billion sale from the U.S. emergency oil reserve held on the Texas and Louisiana coasts. (Reuters)

EFFICIENCY: As commercial property owners invest in air quality technology to combat COVID-19 and other viruses, energy conservation experts recommend pairing them with efficiency upgrades to offset added energy use. (Energy News Network)

EMISSIONS:
• A Democrat and a Republican reintroduce a U.S. House bill to cut the electric sector’s emissions 80% by 2050, which falls far short of Biden’s goal of a complete decarbonization by 2035. (The Hill)
• The U.S. Senate passes a bill to establish a USDA process for farmers and forest landowners to enter the carbon credit markets. (Farm Progress)

COAL: West Virginia lawmakers pass a resolution asking the federal government to send $8 billion to reclaim forfeited mine sites and support struggling coal communities. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

OFFSHORE WIND: Another U.S. senator will co-sponsor a bill seeking to ensure states adjacent to new offshore wind development receive some of the money from lease sales. (New Hampshire Public Radio)

COMMENTARY: A consultant urges utilities to consider using satellites to monitor their assets and aid restoration efforts after storms. (Utility Dive)

Kathryn Krawczyk

Kathryn brings her extensive editorial background to the Energy News Network team, where she oversees the early-morning production of ENN’s five email digest newsletters as well as distribution of ENN’s original journalism with other media outlets. From documenting chronic illness’ effect on college students to following the inner workings of Congress, Kathryn has built a broad experience in her more than five years working at major publications including The Week Magazine. Kathryn holds a Bachelor of Science in magazine journalism and information management and technology from Syracuse University.