OVERSIGHT: A Supreme Court case challenging California’s authority to set animal welfare rules for pork producers has potential implications for whether states can set their own energy policies such as renewable portfolio standards. (E&E News)
ALSO: The U.S. EPA is expected to release two proposals next week that will direct oil and gas companies to reduce methane leaks. (E&E News)
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• Con Edison, with its roughly 1.1 million gas distribution customers, becomes the first large utility to join a pro-electrification coalition. (S&P Global)
• Federal regulators dismiss a complaint from large energy users that aimed to let customers leaving grid operator MISO’s footprint do so without making owed capacity payments. (Utility Dive)
• Grid operator PJM Interconnection prepared for a potential power disruption around the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6, 2021 attacks, issuing a reliability notice usually used during severe weather. (E&E News)
ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Virginia Republicans’ fervor to repeal the state’s landmark clean transportation law runs counter to the state’s auto dealers association and a growing share of drivers in the state who say they are interested in electric vehicles.. (Energy News Network)
UTILITIES: Duke Energy proposes South Carolina programs to allow customers to access 100% renewable power, which a growing number of businesses require to expand or locate in the state. (SC Now)
OIL & GAS:
• The American Petroleum Institute will discuss adopting a clean fuel standard at a workshop with automakers, ethanol producers and other industry stakeholders. (Washington Post)
• Pennsylvania likely missed out on millions of dollars in revenue from recent regional carbon allowance auctions due to ongoing legal action against joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. (Pennsylvania Capital-Star)
• The Biden administration plans federal oil and gas lease sales for 10,123 acres in New Mexico and 251,087 acres in Wyoming, as mandated by the Inflation Reduction Act. (Reuters)
• The Biden administration considers auctioning off a smaller piece of the Gulf of Mexico for drilling than the Trump administration had planned. (The Hill)
SOLAR: Nonprofits team up to provide solar power systems to off-grid Navajo Nation residents and train them to install the equipment on their homes. (PV Magazine)
CLIMATE: Washington state’s greenhouse gas cap-and-trade program, set to launch in January, emphasizes environmental equity and aims to prevent carbon offsets from polluting marginalized communities. (Utility Dive)
PIPELINES: An expert predicts the Mountain Valley Pipeline will eventually be completed despite political setbacks, whether by securing needed permits through the regulatory process and in court or with legislation. (Bloomberg Law)
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FINANCE: The U.S. Treasury Department seeks feedback as it prepares to implement new Inflation Reduction Act clean energy tax credits. (Axios)
• Transmission upgrades are sorely needed to achieve U.S. clean energy goals, and will pay for themselves in electricity cost savings, a grid infrastructure advocate writes. (Utility Dive)
• Halting new coal plant construction and quickly closing open ones is the most urgent step the world must take to avert climate disaster, a climate advocate writes. (New York Times)
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