ELECTRIFICATION: New York’s city council votes to ban natural gas hookups in newly constructed buildings, becoming the largest city in the country to require builders to incorporate electric stoves and heating. (NPR)

ALSO: An explainer breaks down how residential heat pumps can cut the massive emissions that currently stem from home heating. (Wall Street Journal)

SOLAR: Supply chain issues and rising costs are expected to slow solar energy’s growth in 2022, as an industry forecast downgrades its previous projection by 25 percent. (CNBC)

POLITICS:
• Biden administration officials met with union, nonprofit, and energy company leaders yesterday to address their concerns regarding the shift from fossil fuels as Democrats seek support for their reconciliation bill. (NBC News)
An ad campaign set to run in Washington, D.C., encourages lawmakers to support lower energy bills by voting for a reconciliation bill that invests in clean energy. (Axios)

FOSSIL FUELS:
• The U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, led by Sen. Joe Manchin, is proposing to increase royalties for drilling on federal property, though less than House Democrats had envisioned. (The Hill)
A federal grand jury charges the operator of a pipeline that spilled 25,000 gallons of crude off the California coast with a misdemeanor count of illegally discharging oil. (Associated Press)
Climate experts say using oil well methane that otherwise would be vented or flared to power cryptocurrency mining operations is a “false solution” to greenhouse gas emissions. (Guardian)

PIPELINES:
Only about half of the pipeline capacity in the U.S. is currently being used, as companies built during a production boom, especially around the Permian Basin, but sunk amid the pandemic. (Reuters)
A federal court battle over whether the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission can cede its eminent domain authority to the developer of the controversial Mountain Valley pipeline could have broad effects for other natural gas pipelines. (E&E News)

AIR POLLUTION:
• People of color are more likely to breathe polluted air than White people, regardless of their income, a study finds. (Grist)
• The Biden administration is reportedly preparing to strengthen vehicle emissions limits after the Trump administration relaxed the standards. (Bloomberg)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp is expected to announce today that electric vehicle maker Rivian will build a $5 billion factory east of Atlanta. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

GRID:
Opponents of Central Maine Power’s transmission corridor expansion are concerned a provision of the new federal infrastructure package may let the federal government circumvent state decisions on grid expansions and revive the suspended project. (Bangor Daily News)
• A powerful storm through the central U.S. Wednesday knocked out power for more than 510,000 customers from New Mexico to Michigan. (Washington Post)

OVERSIGHT: Iowa’s largest electric utility appeals a ruling that it must share long-range resource planning documents with environmental groups and other stakeholders who agree not to divulge confidential information. (Energy News Network)

CARBON CAPTURE: Researchers at the University of Texas partner with Honeywell to scale a new carbon capture technology to power utilities and steel, cement and other hard-to-abate heavy industries. (S&P Global)

COMMENTARY: Limiting electric vehicle tax credits to U.S.- and union-made cars will hurt the North American economy and trade deals and restrict consumer choice, an editorial board writes. (Bloomberg)