UTILITIES: Meeting America’s Paris Agreement goals will require “an all-of-society approach,” particularly in the power sector, as electric utilities will need to cut emissions by 83% this decade, according to a study led by Bloomberg Philanthropies. (Utility Dive)

ALSO: A separate report shows about two-thirds of utility executives say they’re not sure it’s possible to decarbonize the grid by 2035 and say power companies may not be able to meet rising electricity demand in that time. (E&E News)

CLIMATE:
• President Biden says the U.S. will double its pledged aid for poorer countries vulnerable to climate change-induced weather and temperature hikes, though Congress will need to approve the increase. (New York Times)
• House Democrats unveil a stopgap budget bill that includes disaster aid meant to address the “rising cost of climate change.” (E&E News)
• Progressive and moderate Democrats alike worry about the U.S.’s climate future if the party doesn’t pass its reconciliation bill, with some centrists even suggesting the bill doesn’t go far enough in its commitments to clean energy. (E&E News)
A government report finds human-caused climate change has helped make this year’s Western drought the most severe on record. (Reuters)

CLEAN ENERGY:
• A new study finds Appalachia stands to economically benefit the most of any U.S. region from onshore wind and utility-scale solar deployment over the next decade, followed by the Southeast and mid-Atlantic. (CleanTechnica)
• Illinois’ sweeping clean energy reforms signed into law last week include scaled-back funding for communities and workers who have depended on the coal industry. (Energy News Network)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Manufacturers are attempting to innovate their way out of electric vehicle battery supply shortages, working to boost range and safety of their batteries and switch out hard-to-find materials. (S&P Global)
• Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announces a new pilot program that she says would be the first in the country to test an electrified road that wirelessly charges electric vehicles. (Detroit Free Press)

OIL & GAS: Royal Dutch Shell’s sale of its Permian Basin oil and gas business will help the company claim emissions cuts, though its purchase by ConocoPhillips indicates drilling will continue. (S&P Global, Reuters)

ELECTRIFICATION: A progressive Washington city’s plans to phase out natural gas in buildings runs into opposition, providing a bellwether of the challenges facing the nationwide push to electrify buildings. (Grist)

COMMENTARY:
• A California U.S. representative and a nonprofit leader call the fossil fuel industry “a poster child for corporate welfare” and say Congress needs to increase royalty rates. (Los Angeles Times)
• Congress needs to go further to support the electrification of transit than it has so far with its bipartisan bill, a group of advocates write. (Utility Dive)
• Supply and demand amid the COVID-19 pandemic set up what will probably be the final fossil fuel boom as the U.S. increasingly veers toward clean energy, writes a columnist. (Houston Chronicle)