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OIL & GAS: A new report says wealthy nations, including the U.S and Canada, need to end oil production by 2034 to meet Paris Agreement emissions targets. (Washington Post)

• President Biden has limited options to help European countries reduce dependence on Russian natural gas to support Ukraine’s war effort. (Politico)
• Surging oil prices are not translating into higher pay for oilfield workers, 21% of whom say they’ve had their pay cut in the last year. (Bloomberg)
• Nineteen states are challenging new FERC rules requiring climate impacts be accounted for in reviewing natural gas projects. (E&E News, subscription)
• Minnesota authorities release details about two additional instances in which Enbridge crews working in the Line 3 replacement pipeline breached aquifers, spilling millions of gallons of groundwater. (MPR News)

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CLIMATE: Investors and climate advocates praise proposed SEC disclosure rules, saying they will simplify the process of assessing risk. (Inside Climate News, Reuters)

• Bitcoin mining companies increasingly lean into renewables in an attempt to rebrand the industry and challenge the prevailing view that its power-guzzling computers are harmful to the climate. (New York Times)
• A California investment firm plans to use inexpensive hydropower to convert a Washington state paper mill town into a cryptocurrency mining hub. (Union-Bulletin)

• A bill in Congress would block the U.S. Postal Service from entering into a contract for new vehicles unless 75% of them are electric. (Mother Jones)
• An auto industry report shows electric vehicle sales increased 11% year-over-year in the fourth quarter of 2021, while gasoline vehicle sales fell slightly. (E&E News, subscription)
• Cadillac begins production of a new luxury ​​electric vehicle at its recently renovated Tennessee auto plant, a milestone in the company’s transition to a fully-electric lineup. (Tennessean)

• Iowa utility regulators accept applications for two proposed solar projects at the state’s only nuclear plant, which was recently decommissioned. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)
After a six-month moratorium on solar projects, city officials in Warwick, Rhode Island, decide that any new ground-mounted solar developments must be sited on previously developed commercial or industrial land. (ecoRI)
Dominion Energy partners with an airport authority to turn 835 acres at Washington Dulles International Airport into a solar farm. (Sun Gazette)

UTILITIES: National Grid files a plan with Massachusetts regulators to transition its natural gas service in the state completely away from fossil fuel-derived gas by 2050, instead pinning its future to renewable natural gas and renewable hydrogen. (RTO Insider, subscription)

Maryland’s General Assembly passes bills that will require the state to fund energy efficiency upgrades for low-income households. (Renewable Energy Magazine)
Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont wants landlords to include an “energy label” in apartment listings so potential renters can compare the cost of running appliances between different units. (CT Insider)

HYDROGEN: California environmental justice advocates say hydrogen fuel can play a climate change-fighting role in some applications, but should not be used as an excuse to block electrification efforts. (Los Angeles Times)

COMMENTARY: A California geologist and an energy policy expert say geothermal projects at the Salton Sea could provide baseload power and solve the lithium supply crunch with adequate policy support. (The Conversation)

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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.