CLIMATE: Even if countries meets their current emissions goals, it would only limit global warming to 2.7°C by the end of the century, a United Nations analysis concludes. (New York Times) 

ALSO:
• The European Union’s leader calls out the U.S. for a lack of commitment to helping poor countries fight climate change, leaving U.S. climate envoy John Kerry’s team “a little vexed.” (Politico)
Labor unions and environmental groups in Texas, West Virginia and other states collaborate to find ways to address the climate crisis by focusing on creating unionized jobs and ways to reverse economic inequities. (The Guardian)

POLITICS:
• Fossil fuel tax breaks, a clean energy payment program and other issues hang in the balance this week as U.S. Senate Democrats put together their version of the budget reconciliation bill. (E&E News)
• As chair of the chamber’s energy panel and a beneficiary of coal profits, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia prepares to remake President Biden’s climate legislation with a lifeline to the fossil fuel industry. (New York Times)

PUBLIC LANDS: The U.S. Interior Department will move the Bureau of Land Management’s headquarters back to Washington, D.C., after the Trump administration moved it to Colorado. (The Hill)

STORAGE: The energy storage industry is seeing a wave of acquisitions and investments as renewable power installations grow and create demand for storage to combat fluctuating production. (Canary Media)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Analysts say electric vehicle startup Rivian’s status as the first to market with an electric pickup truck is “a big deal.” (E&E News)

NUCLEAR:
• Regulatory ramifications of a failed South Carolina nuclear reactor project helped usher in reforms that are now leading Dominion Energy and Duke Energy to accelerate plans to retire their coal generation within a decade. (Post and Courier)
• New Mexico lawmakers ramp up opposition to a nuclear waste repository proposed for the southeastern part of the state. (Associated Press) 

CLEAN ENERGY:
• North Carolina environmentalists find themselves in partnership with manufacturers in opposing a bill with Duke Energy’s backing, with the latter anticipating the bill will raise costs for large ratepayers. (Energy News Network)
• Opposition to utility-scale wind and solar projects is a complex political problem in Vermont, with the state’s self-reliant image at odds with a dependence on imported electricity. (Sierra Magazine)

SOLAR:
• The world’s longest-running thermal solar facility, located in the Mojave Desert, begins to retire most of its generating capacity. (Energy Information Administration)
A growing backlog of applications to connect solar projects to Xcel Energy’s grid in Minnesota is prompting calls for further reforms to the utility’s interconnection process. (Energy News Network)
• Ohio regulators approve three utility-scale solar projects totaling more than 500 MW of capacity. (Toledo Blade)

WIND: Ørsted is moving forward with plans for an offshore wind maintenance hub in Atlantic City. (Press of Atlantic City)

PIPELINES: “Enbridge screwed up our lake.” Tribal members say a contractor for the company’s Line 3 project pumped water directly from a northern Minnesota lake amid a major drought. (The Guardian)

COMMENTARY:
• The Texas retail gas station chain Buc-ee’s provides a possible model for the kind of highway stops that will entice motorists to stay longer while their electric vehicles charge up, writes a columnist. (Bloomberg)
A Colorado rancher urges state and federal lawmakers to adopt rules requiring oil and gas companies to set aside funds to clean up oil and gas wells after production ends. (Grand Junction Sentinel)