OVERSIGHT:
• The U.S. EPA Administrator Michael Regan says the agency is preparing a “full suite” of regulations related to power plant emissions and wastewater, with a focus on monitoring pollution and cleanup in vulnerable Southern communities. (Wall Street Journal, Washington Post)
• Nearly 200 congressional Democrats sign on to support the EPA in a Supreme Court case debating its authority to regulate power plant emissions. (The Hill)

TRANSITION: Rapidly decarbonizing the U.S. economy over the next 50 years could add $3 trillion to the economy and create close to 1 million jobs by 2070, a report finds. (Axios)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• General Motors formally announces a $7 billion investment in two Michigan cities where it will build electric vehicle and battery manufacturing facilities and create up to 4,000 jobs. (Bridge Michigan)
• A survey finds older Americans would prefer to buy electric vehicles from legacy automakers, while younger generations prefer electric-only manufacturers. (Bloomberg)
Across the country, state legislatures are taking up bills related to electric vehicles at a level that hasn’t been seen before, as lawmakers debate charging infrastructure, incentives, and electrifying fleets. (Pew)
• Ford’s CEO wants to make the company a leader in electric vehicle software and the electric commercial vehicle market. (Reuters)

UTILITIES: The CEO of NextEra Energy, the world’s largest renewables developer, says the company doesn’t need Build Back Better funding to reach its green hydrogen and carbon capture goals, but that the funding would accelerate development. (E&E News)

CLIMATE:
• U.S. Sen. Tina Smith of Minnesota believes there is a “path forward” to pass a scaled-version of the Build Back Better plan that focuses on climate initiatives. (S&P Global)
• Natural disasters led to $329 billion in damages globally last year, with Hurricane Ida accounting for $75.3 billion of that total. (Axios)
• In the city of Baltimore’s lawsuit against fossil fuel companies for their climate impacts, judges seemed wary of granting federal courts the exclusive right to hear similar cases in the future. (E&E News)

GRID: The U.S. Department of Homeland Security warns that violent extremists have considered attacking power stations in the Southeast. (CBS News)

EQUITY: A long-simmering fight against a proposed East Boston substation has inspired a push to change how Massachusetts’ energy facilities are sited, specifically how to include historically marginalized groups’ perspectives and require proactive outreach. (Energy News Network)

EFFICIENCY: Decades after incentivizing the refrigeration market to develop efficient apartment models, New York City’s public housing authority kicks off a contest to encourage innovation of cheaper, easier-to-install heat pumps. (Grist)

AVIATION: Boeing invests $450 million into autonomous electric air taxi startup Wisk, which the company will use to further develop its aircraft. (Axios)

PIPELINES: A court throws out federal approvals for the Mountain Valley Pipeline, resulting in another setback for the long-delayed, over-budget natural gas line. (Roanoke Times)

CARBON CAPTURE: Oil-heavy states push to take over regulatory authority from the U.S. EPA for carbon capture and storage sites. (Reuters)

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.