Correction: President Biden’s infrastructure plan proposes $174 billion for 500,000 electric vehicle charging stations. An earlier version of this digest incorrectly reported the number of charging stations.

INFRASTRUCTURE: President Joe Biden unveils a $2 trillion infrastructure plan, which in addition to a major overhaul of roads and bridges proposes $174 billion for 500,000 electric vehicle charging stations, incentivizing EV purchases and replacing diesel transit and school buses. (Axios)

Another $213 billion is proposed for building and retrofitting energy-efficient affordable housing, while $180 billion would go toward upgrading the U.S.’s electric grid. (CNN)
Biden also wants to spend $35 billion on research and development to “address the climate crisis and position America as the global leader in clean energy technology and clean energy jobs.” (news release)
Republicans signal they won’t get on board with the plan because it includes a corporate tax hike, while progressives would rather see a $10 trillion spending package. (USA Today, Politico)

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Volkswagen’s press release revealing a U.S. rebrand as “Voltswagen” was an early April Fool’s Day stunt meant to publicize the company’s new all-electric SUV. (New York Times)
Amazon Web Services is partnering with a Swiss company to develop a cloud-based EV fleet management platform as its parent company starts to roll out all-electric delivery vans. (TechCrunch)
In Boston, a car sharing service looks to expand access to electric vehicles through income-tiered pricing. (Energy News Network)

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE: Robert Bullard, a member of the new White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council, sees the committee as an opportunity to bring the topic from “a footnote to a headline.” (E&E News, subscription)

ELECTRIFICATION: Echoing a similar push in other states, North Carolina lawmakers advance legislation to prohibit local governments from banning natural gas connections in new buildings, though there’s no indication that any cities are considering such policies. (Energy News Network)

• Enbridge says it is not reimbursing local law enforcement agencies for overseeing pipeline protests in Michigan. (Michigan Advance)
• U.S. House Republicans plan a forum on President Biden’s decision to revoke a key permit for the Keystone XL pipeline project. (E&E News, subscription)

• California is failing to address oil drilling in residential, often Spanish-speaking neighborhoods, despite health and pollution complaints. (Yale Environment 360)
• Coal companies owned by the family of West Virginia’s governor push back against federal officials who seek $3.19 million stemming from a 2016 agreement to settle more than 23,000 water pollution violations. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

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A hydrogen-powered plane startup raises $24.3 million from investors, including Bill Gates, to start developing larger aircraft that could hold up to 50 people. (Bloomberg)
• A California-based company announces its Japanese partner has opened a plant in Tokyo to convert dried sewage sludge into hydrogen, with resulting power headed to fuel cell-equipped trucks in the U.S. (E&E News, subscription)

A mileage tax, recently floated by Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, would “be likely to disadvantage rural communities, as well as communities of color,” an environmental justice fellow writes. (Grist)
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission finally seems to be “getting serious about the financial risks of climate change” — though division between commissioners could delay actual action, an SEC filings expert writes. (Bloomberg)

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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.