JOBS: President Biden has said he will “stand in solidarity” with striking auto workers, seeking to push back on Republican skepticism that the clean energy transition will create good-paying jobs. (The Hill) 

ALSO: Electric vehicle plants in the Midwest and Southeast are at the heart of industry labor disputes, as auto workers worry they will bear the brunt of cost-cutting efforts. (New York Times, The Economist)

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GRID: Federal regulators say more than 90 GW, or roughly 13% of capacity in the eastern U.S., failed to run as expected during a December winter storm. (Utility Dive)


  • The Department of Energy announces $325 million for long-duration energy storage projects around the country, with more than $800 million in private capital expected to follow. (Canary Media)
  • More than half of the planned, under construction, or installed and operational energy storage in the U.S. is located in Texas, which already has 16.4 GW of capacity. (PV Magazine)

CLEAN ENERGY: PJM Interconnection member states form a working group to develop a separate market to push ahead on clean energy goals, planning to have a strategy by the end of the year. (S&P Global)



  • An Iowa county attorney suggests local governments could deny building permits for carbon capture facilities, introducing a new legal strategy to try to block controversial pipeline projects. (Iowa Capital Dispatch)
  • Environmental justice groups say they were left out of discussions about siting proposed carbon removal sites in Louisiana and Texas. (E&E News)

COMMENTARY: North Carolina should move to attract $4 billion or more in wind industry investment in manufacturing and its East Coast supply chain, regardless of whether wind turbines are ever built off its coast, writes the CEO of a conservative clean energy group. (Energy News Network)

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Ken is the director of the Energy News Network at Fresh Energy and is a founding editor of both Midwest Energy News and Southeast Energy News. Prior to joining Fresh Energy, he was the managing editor for online news at Minnesota Public Radio. He started his journalism career in 2002 as a copy editor for the Duluth News Tribune before spending five years at the Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington, where he worked as a copy editor, online producer, features editor and night city editor. A Nebraska native, Ken has a bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a master's degree from the University of Oregon. He is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors.