COP27: President Biden will attempt to convince a skeptical COP27 crowd that the U.S. is taking climate change seriously even as it avoids committing to climate reparations and Republicans seem poised to retake the U.S. House. (New York Times, Bloomberg)

ALSO:
• Experts warn natural gas producers and their financial backers are using the climate conference to rebrand the fossil fuel as a stepping stone from coal to clean energy. (Guardian)
• Speaking at the conference, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi accuses Republicans of treating climate change like a “hoax” while other Democrats raise concerns about Republicans’ potential House takeover. (Guardian, Reuters)
• Dozens of developing countries are at risk of bankruptcy without help from wealthier nations, a “catastrophic scenario” that would delay climate action, a UN official says. (Guardian)

SOLAR:
• The U.S. has blocked more than 1,000 shipments of solar components since June over Chinese human rights concerns. (Reuters)
• The Tennessee Valley Authority board approves a pilot project to build a 100 MW solar farm on a Kentucky coal ash landfill, with plans to develop 1,000 MW more solar power using similar projects. (Tennessean)

MIDTERMS:
• Democratic leaders look to pass Sen. Joe Manchin’s energy permitting reforms in the lame-duck session before Republicans likely take control of the House. (E&E News)
• Some political experts see room for bipartisan action on permitting reform and transmission expansion after Republicans likely take over the House. (Utility Dive)

OIL & GAS:
• The U.S. EPA proposes tightening methane emissions rules for oil and gas facilities by removing exemptions for low-producing wells and requiring companies to fix high-volume “super-emitter” leaks. (Associated Press)
• Experts say a Texas man’s fight against two natural gas facilities shows how state law discourages citizens from combating the state’s ever-expanding fossil fuel industry. (Floodlight/Texas Tribune)

OVERSIGHT: Sen. Joe Manchin’s opposition to FERC Chair Richard Glick’s reappointment will likely end his tenure next month, losing Democrats their majority on the panel that oversees the Biden administration’s clean energy and climate agenda. (E&E News)

HYDROGEN: Four nuclear plants are part of a federal project demonstrating the potential to produce clean hydrogen at nuclear reactors. (Utility Dive) 

CLEAN ENERGY: An oil driller and a renewable developer partner on plans to build over 3 GW of renewable energy generation and storage projects across the PJM Interconnection territory. (news release)

GRID:
• Minnesota solar installers say connecting systems to Xcel Energy’s grid still takes too long despite recent efforts by the utility and state regulators to reduce delays and clear a project backlog. (Energy News Network)
• General Motors and San Diego Gas & Electric explore the feasibility of integrating vehicle-to-grid technology on the utility’s system. (Energy Storage News)

LITHIUM: The U.S. Energy Department announces $12 million in funding for developing methods to extract and refine lithium from geothermal brines. (news release)

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