CLEAN ENERGY: The share of electricity generated from wind and solar in the U.S. nearly quadrupled from 2011 to 2020, putting it on a pace to meet current power demand by 2035, a report finds. (Washington Post)

COP26:
Six major automakers, including Ford and General Motors, pledge to phase out gasoline- and diesel-powered vehicles by 2040 worldwide, though the U.S. was not among the 30 countries that also joined the pledge. (New York Times)
• U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi declares “America is back” as a climate leader at COP26, while Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez suggests “we’re not just back, we’re different.” (New York Times, The Hill)

TRANSPORTATION:
• The U.S. Department of Transportation sets a goal of net-zero aviation sector emissions by 2050. (Reuters)
• A battery manufacturing plant being built near a shuttered GM plant in Lordstown, Ohio, embodies the shift to electric vehicles, though former auto workers fear they will be left behind. (Bloomberg)
• Shares in electric vehicle startup Rivian are set to be traded publicly today and offer a clearer picture into how interested investors are in the electric vehicle market. (Associated Press)

WIND: General Electric announces it will split into three companies, including an energy company that’s planning big wind power investments and a conversion of its gas turbine business to clean energy production. (E&E News)

CLIMATE: Global exposure to dangerous urban heat has more than tripled over the past 40 years, a study finds, with higher temperatures and humidity as well as growing populations largely to blame. (Washington Post)

CARBON CAPTURE: U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin is helping negotiate a multibillion-dollar expansion of the current tax incentive for carbon capture into Democrats’ federal spending package. (American Prospect)

UTILITIES: Clean energy groups say Kansas utility Evergy’s shifting long-term clean energy plans undermine faith in the state-required integrated resource planning process. (Energy News Network)

GRID: A Canadian bitcoin mining firm operating on the Navajo Nation consumes 7 MW of power each month while nearby residents lack electricity, drawing allegations of “financial colonialism.”  (Vice)

SOLAR: Entergy Louisiana will buy 475 MW of solar energy from four facilities across the state. (KLPC) 

PIPELINES: A White House official clarifies that the Biden administration is not contemplating shutting down the Line 5 pipeline as treaty negotiations with Canada continue. (Reuters)

OIL & GAS:
The recently passed federal infrastructure bill requires the U.S. Department of Interior to develop a plan to plug orphaned and abandoned wells on public land. (Deseret News)
Oklahoma Natural Gas floats a potential “exit fee” for customers who electrify their homes that would exceed $1,300 for a typical customer. (Oklahoman)
A developer wants to build a dense residential development on a former coal- and oil-fired power plant site in New Haven, Connecticut, still undergoing environmental remediation. (New Haven Register)

MINING: The Biden administration removes uranium from the federal critical mineral list, hurting efforts to revive the Mountain West’s beleaguered mining industry. (E&E News)

COMMENTARY: Young people are right to distrust climate pledges by world leaders and fossil fuel companies, as a recent report shows many countries have badly underreported emissions, Bill McKibben writes. (New Yorker)

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.