CLIMATE: The Clean Electricity Performance Program appears to be on “life support” after U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin reportedly told the White House he strongly opposes the program. (E&E News, New York Times)

• U.S. Sen. Tina Smith, an architect of the CEPP, hints she might withhold her vote if the program is cut and strong climate measures aren’t taken. (NBC News)
• The oil and gas industry contributed $400,000 to Sen. Manchin in the third quarter — a fourth of his total $1.6 million haul for the period. (Bloomberg)
• New data show Manchin’s home state of West Virginia is more exposed to climate-driven flood damage than anywhere else in the contiguous U.S. (New York Times)
• The U.S. faces global pressure to announce more specific climate goals ahead of the upcoming COP26 conference. (E&E News)

• Hispanic-serving organizations form a group to fight to include Latino-specific climate priorities in Democrats’ reconciliation bill. (The Hill)
• Indigenous climate advocates wrap up a week of protests in Washington D.C. (Washington Post)

POLITICS: A longtime coal lobbyist is facing off against a health policy expert for an Ohio congressional seat that represents an area with both large-scale solar energy proposals and old coal mining areas. (Energy News Network)

SOLAR: After two devastating hurricanes, advocates call for Puerto Rico to use solar power to replace electricity generated from expensive fossil fuels that have blighted neighborhoods. (Guardian)

GRID: State regulations impede the Biden administration’s push to improve the U.S. grid’s cybersecurity, especially as new power additions provide additional avenues for hackers. (E&E News)

• Toyota announces it will spend about $3.4 billion on U.S. automotive battery development and production through 2030. (Reuters)
• Fast-charging stations are increasingly being built with batteries as many grids aren’t capable of handling the stations’ major power demands yet. (Canary Media)
• Kentucky officials, researchers and others look to Ford’s $5.8 billion investment in electric cars and batteries to attract additional companies to build out the EV supply chain. (WDRB) 

EMISSIONS: Google has labeled its plan to run on 100% clean energy a “moonshot” goal, and it’s proving just as difficult as its work to develop self-driving cars and other ambitious technology. (Bloomberg)

Regulators who scrutinized plans for an oil pipeline off southern California’s coast in the 1970s vastly underestimated the potential scope of a rupture, documents show. (Los Angeles Times)
The U.S. Coast Guard names the owner and operator of a cargo vessel suspected of dragging an anchor in the vicinity of this month’s oil leak as “parties in interest” in the spill investigation. (CBS News)
• Some natural gas utilities embark on hydrogen pilot projects as they face increasing criticism over their fuel’s climate impacts and potentially seek to use gas infrastructure to transport hydrogen. (S&P Global)

EFFICIENCY: All of Missouri’s major natural gas and electric utilities are launching programs that allow customers to finance energy efficiency upgrades through their utility bills. (Energy News Network)

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.