RECONCILIATION: Sen. Joe Manchin says he won’t support Democrats’ reconciliation bill, threatening the $550 package of climate and clean energy funding that senators had already altered to earn Manchin’s support. (Washington Post)

ALSO:
• Climate advocates encourage Senate Democrats to press on with the reconciliation bill or take aggressive climate action through other means, with some blaming President Biden and Democratic leaders for failing to sway Manchin. (E&E News)
• Senate Democrats say they’ll push on and pass parts of the Build Back Better bill, while Sen. Bernie Sanders demands a vote on the full package so Manchin is forced to explain his decision. (E&E News)
• President Biden will likely need to push far more regulation to achieve his promised emissions reductions now that the Build Back Better bill’s fate is uncertain, an analyst says. (Bloomberg)

EMISSIONS:
• The federal workforce remains a huge obstacle to President Biden’s emissions reduction goals, as achieving carbon neutrality will require buy-in from tens of thousands of bureaucratic employees. (The Hill)
• Colorado regulators adopt sweeping methane emissions rules requiring oil and gas companies to increase inspections and reduce emissions based on production, though environmentalists say the rules allow too much leeway. (Colorado Sun)

HYDROGEN: Funding for hydrogen projects in the recently passed federal infrastructure bill sparks debate over whether the fuel constitutes clean energy, especially when it’s produced with fossil fuels. (E&E News)

UTILITIES:
• The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission considers barring utilities from recouping political spending and lobbying contributions from customers. (Utility Dive)
• FERC orders grid operators and transmission owners to update line ratings more frequently based on weather instead of relying on their typically conservative assumptions. (Utility Dive)
• The Omaha Public Power District and the Sierra Club each use modeling to show the utility can reach net-zero carbon emissions, though they disagree on how fast it could be done. (Energy News Network)

PIPELINES: The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers urge the U.S. Supreme Court to reject an appeal seeking to reinstate a permit for the Dakota Access pipeline. (Bismarck Tribune)

COAL: Global electricity generation from coal jumped 9% in 2021 from last year, marking the largest increase in history. (Grist)

WIND:
• Massachusetts selects the 1.2 GW Commonwealth Wind project and a 400 MW projected pitch by Mayflower Wind for further contract negotiations, which will double the amount of offshore wind in the state if constructed. (State House News Service)
• Controversial utility-scale wind energy plans in central Michigan reignite familiar disputes over public health and property values among neighbors on social media. (BuzzFeed News)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Georgia looks to build off Rivian and SK Innovation’s planned electric vehicle and battery factories to gain a foothold in the rapidly growing industry. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

NUCLEAR: The U.S. Department of Energy looks to establish a domestic supply of fuel for advanced nuclear reactors like the one proposed for Wyoming. (Casper Star-Tribune)

COMMENTARY: Sen. Joe Manchin’s decision to vote against his party’s spending plan reflects West Virginia politics driven largely by partisan tribalism, cultural issues and an attachment to the vanishing coal industry, writes a columnist. (Washington Post)

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