POLITICS: U.S. House Democratic leaders postpone a vote on the bipartisan infrastructure bill amid rising opposition from progressive Democrats, who say they’ll only vote for the $1 trillion measure if the $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill accompanies it. (New York Times)

ALSO:
• U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, a swing vote on the reconciliation bill, says he’d prefer to cap its price tag at $1.5 trillion and that natural gas needs to be included in the Clean Electricity Performance Program. (E&E News, The Hill)
• Congressional Democrats draw issue with reconciliation bill holdout Sen. Kyrsten Sinema because, unlike Manchin, she hasn’t said what she opposes and supports in the package. (Inside Climate News)
• Apple, Amazon, and other major companies that publicly support climate action also support business groups attempting to weaken the reconciliation bill. (The Guardian)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Booming electric vehicle sales cause industry analysts to forecast an EV adoption tipping point sooner than they previously predicted. (E&E News)
• Ford’s announcement of electric vehicle and battery factories in Tennessee and Kentucky raises anticipation over what the jobs will look like compared to jobs lost in the clean energy transition. (Associated Press)
• Struggling electric vehicle startup Lordstown Motors plans to sell its sprawling Ohio manufacturing facility to global electronics maker Foxconn, which has been seeking an entry into the electric vehicle market. (Associated Press)

CLEAN ENERGY:
• The U.S. will need to install 85 GW of clean energy each year through 2035 to meet emissions reductions goals proposed in the Clean Electricity Performance Program, an analysis shows. (Utility Dive)
• General Motors plans to have its U.S. facilities run on renewable energy by 2025, five years ahead of its original goal. (Reuters)

UTILITIES:
A new report finds U.S. utilities took more than a billion dollars of pandemic relief money while disconnecting vulnerable households nearly a million times. (Common Dreams)
• Major utilities’ positions on the clean energy plan in Democrats’ $3.5 trillion federal budget bill have varied based on location, state politics, and their ability to make clean energy investments. (Inside Climate News)

COAL:
• The federal government’s authority to collect fees to restore abandoned mine land expires after the U.S. House fails to reauthorize the program, though its funding pool remains available for now. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration won’t require Covid-19 vaccinations for miners, saying existing worker protections are adequate. (E&E News)

WIND: Vineyard Wind promises to bring a major facility to build, stage and store wind turbines to Salem, Massachusetts, if the developer wins a power procurement contract. (Commonwealth Magazine)