EMISSIONS: Using methane-detecting satellites to crack down on major emitters such as leaking oil fields could provide billions of dollars in climate benefits, research finds. (Washington Post, E&E News)

SOLAR:
President Biden will reportedly maintain Trump administration tariffs on solar components but loosen some restrictions on imports from Asia to ensure the industry can keep growing. (Axios)
The National Renewable Energy Lab introduces a residential solar permitting automation app that could reduce project permitting, inspection and installation times by 12 days. (news release)
California regulators delay a vote on a proposal to slash net metering payments for rooftop solar as they consider revamping the controversial measure. (Bloomberg)

POLITICS:
• President Biden’s nominee to supervise the Federal Reserve faces questioning from Republicans over their concerns she’ll push the central bank to shift funding from the oil and gas industry. (E&E News)
• U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse gives his 280th floor speech on climate change, calling out the country’s continued failure to act. (Grist)
• The House oversight committee extends a deadline for oil executives to testify in its investigation into fossil fuel companies’ roles in spreading climate misinformation. (E&E News)
• West Virginia U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, a major player in the bipartisan infrastructure bill, discusses her top environmental priorities for the year. (Washington Post)

CLEAN ENERGY:
• The federal government seeks information from potential power suppliers as it looks to transition to clean electricity. (The Hill)
• Grid operator PJM files a plan with federal regulators to create a framework for distributed energy resources like rooftop solar and battery storage to participate in the open market starting in 2026. (Utility Dive)

GRID:
• Wintry weather leaves 60,000 New York and Pennsylvania homes and 130,000 Tennessee homes and businesses without power. (PowerOutage.US, NBC News)
• A study finds climate change will drive substantial increases in air conditioning use in the Southwest, putting more strain on the grid and resulting in prolonged power outages. (Los Angeles Times)
Connecticut regulators are offering thousands of dollars in incentives to pay for the installation of battery storage systems or for allowing utilities to tap into them during peak demand. (Energy News Network)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: The dispute over recently canceled permits for a proposed northern Minnesota mine shows how difficult it could be to build up a domestic supply of minerals needed for electric vehicles. (MPR News)

NUCLEAR: A former U.S. energy secretary and other scientists urge California Gov. Gavin Newsom to delay the closure of Diablo Canyon nuclear plant to help the state reach climate targets and reduce grid strain. (Reuters)

OIL & GAS:
Oil companies in Texas’ Permian Basin and elsewhere hold back on increasing production, suggesting the era in which U.S. shale companies could quickly flood the world with oil is receding. (Wall Street Journal)
A public health advocacy group’s study finds Colorado oil and gas companies use toxic “forever chemicals” to stimulate wells and conceal fracking fluid ingredients behind the guise of “trade secrets.” (Colorado Public Radio)

COMMENTARY: Clean energy columnist David Roberts predicts the need to extract minerals for clean energy technology will be far less destructive than fossil fuel extraction. (Canary Media)

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.