POLITICS:
• Congressional Democrats plan to restart efforts to pass the Build Back Better Act, with the possible paths forward including a climate-only bill designed to get Sen. Joe Manchin onboard. (E&E News)
• Despite not passing its Build Back Better package, the Biden administration’s 2021 accomplishments included ending U.S. government support for overseas fossil fuel projects, naming an environmental justice team, and advancing other climate measures. (Inside Climate News)

SOLAR:
• U.S. Air Force researchers find their solar panel prototype is capable of harnessing solar radiation in outer space that could be converted to radio frequency energy and transferred back to the U.S. (E&E News)
• A project that could be the biggest utility-scale coal to solar farm in the country takes shape in an eastern Kentucky county desperately seeking new sources of jobs and local revenue. (New York Times)
• A Virginia entrepreneur wins support to create a guide based on his solar “barn raising” model for 15 Habitat for Humanity affiliates across the state. (Energy News Network)

CLIMATE:
• U.S. climate envoy John Kerry says there’s a gap between COP26 pledges and what’s needed to limit global warming to 1.5°C, and calls on countries to better report their actual emissions. (Washington Post)
• Experts say climate change-induced drought and warming temperatures set the stage for the fire that destroyed 991 homes in suburban Denver. (Big Pivots)

OIL & GAS: Louisiana-based Taylor Energy will pay $43 million in penalties stemming from the longest-running oil spill in U.S. history, which has been pouring into the Gulf of Mexico since 2004. (New York Times)

GRID:
• Clean energy and consumer advocates say relief funding meant to repair and bolster Puerto Rico’s grid is best spent on equipping homes with solar panels to decentralize the island’s power supply and mitigate future blackouts. (Politico)
• A North American Electric Reliability Corp. analysis finds evidence of natural gas price gouging in Texas during last February’s winter storm. (Utility Dive)

HYDROGEN: Utilities say federal subsidies are essential as they seek to develop clean hydrogen projects, but that the stymied federal reconciliation bill could jeopardize industry funding. (S&P Global)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• The ongoing Chevrolet Bolt recall that stemmed from batteries catching fire is a reminder of the key manufacturing obstacles that automakers face in the transition to electric vehicles. (Washington Post)
• Tesla delivered 308,600 electric vehicles in the third quarter, beating its previous delivery records. (CNBC)

COAL: U.S. coal-fired power generation in 2021 jumped 22% from the prior year, boosting production at beleaguered Western mines. (Canary Media)

TRANSPORTATION: New Jersey plans to phase out diesel-powered trucks sold in the state, becoming the first East Coast state to adopt the Advanced Clean Trucks rule first rolled out in California last year. (Grist)

FINANCE: The U.S. Department of Energy approves its first loan in five years for a non-nuclear power project; it will support renewable-powered production of hydrogen and other chemicals in Nebraska. (Canary Media)