COP27: The global climate conference closes with an agreement from the world’s biggest emitters to fund climate reparations and mitigation in developing countries. (E&E News)

ALSO: Climate experts and advocates warn the world still remains “on the brink of climate catastrophe,” saying oil- and gas-producing countries weakened the agreement’s carbon reduction commitments. (Guardian, Washington Post)

• The U.S. EPA proposes quadrupling the carbon price agencies use when analyzing the costs and benefits of proposed regulations. (E&E News)
• U.S. industrial greenhouse gas emissions shot up 4.1% in 2021, the largest year-over-year increase in more than a decade of reporting. (Inside Climate News)

• A Saudi Arabian effort targets U.S. influencers including academics and media and sports personalities to steer policy and public opinion from climate action and preserve its stronghold on oil exports. (New York Times)
• A federal report warns that the offshore oil and gas industry faces a significant and growing risk of potentially catastrophic cyberattacks. (Utility Dive)
• The number of earthquakes in Texas’ Permian Basin has spiked in recent years as scientific studies link seismic activity to oil and gas activity. (Texas Tribune)

EFFICIENCY: U.S. utilities are spending more on low-income energy efficiency programs, though advocates say more work is needed to expand their reach. (Utility Dive)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Illinois, Michigan and Minnesota will be key states to watch for the equitable deployment of electric vehicle infrastructure funding as Democrats take over legislative and executive branches there. (Inside Climate News)

POLITICS: House Republicans are expected to end the chamber’s climate crisis committee when they take over next year. (The Hill)

GRID: Federal regulators institute new inverter reliability standards to make sure solar, wind or battery projects don’t jeopardize grid reliability. (Utility Dive)

CLEAN ENERGY: Although New York officials say they’re on track to meet a 70% renewable electricity goal by 2030, the state still needs to build 100 times more large-scale solar, battery storage and offshore wind facilities in the next five years than it has in the past decade. (New York Focus)

NUCLEAR: The Biden administration awards Pacific Gas & Electric $1.1 billion to help the utility keep the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant in central California running beyond its scheduled 2025 retirement. (Los Angeles Times) 

SOLAR: A central Illinois feed mill installs a 3 MW onsite solar project to lower its electricity bills, which had been exceeding grain costs as its largest operating expense. (Energy News Network)

COAL: Soaring electricity prices prompt a standoff over West Virginia’s devotion to coal power, with critics blaming it for rising rates while state regulators and coal supporters saying climate policies are actually to blame. (Inside Climate News)

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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.