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)