ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A study suggests that by 2035, the best time to charge electric vehicles may be during the day to capitalize on a projected surge of solar power coming onto the grid. (E&E News)
• The pathway to 90% clean electricity is relatively clear, but a new research paper looks at options for cleaning up the final 10%. (Inside Climate News)
• The Inflation Reduction Act provides a $9.7 billion “downpayment” to help rural electric cooperatives tied to debt and fossil fuels transition to clean energy. (Daily Yonder)
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• Democrats suggest changes to Sen. Joe Manchin’s energy permitting reform package, including speeding up offshore wind projects, while Republicans reject federal transmission reforms. (E&E News)
• Sen. Joe Manchin picks up at least one Republican vote for his permitting reform bill, although many Republicans say they’ll vote against it to deny Manchin a win. (West Virginia Public Broadcasting, WRKN)
• Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia rails against a provision to force completion of the Mountain Valley Pipeline in the permitting reform bill, saying “it could open the door to serious abuse and even corruption.” (Virginia Mercury)
• Democratic House members push a Green New Deals for Cities, which would bypass conservative state legislatures in distributing environmental cleanup and decarbonization funding directly to municipalities. (Nation)
CLIMATE: Biden officials have reportedly considered ousting World Bank President David Malpass because of his weak record on climate; Malpass said he’s “not a denier” after being criticized for not acknowledging fossil fuels’ contributions to global warming. (Axios)
• Avangrid will delay construction of two wind projects off the shore of Massachusetts for a year, citing supply shortages and forecasting a modest price hike. (Boston Globe)
• American taxpayers have recently received a far greater return on investment from offshore wind lease sales than from oil and gas leases, a nonpartisan think tank’s analysis finds. (Grist)
• California regulators approve a ban on the sale of residential and commercial natural gas heaters by 2030. (San Francisco Chronicle)
• California’s high electricity rates disproportionately affect low-income households and could hurt efforts to electrify transportation and buildings, researchers say. (Utility Dive)
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EMISSIONS: An environmental data company announces it used satellites to detect the smallest offshore methane emission ever seen from space at an oil and gas platform off the Louisiana coast, raising the potential for much tighter emission tracking. (NOLA.com)
EQUITY: University of Michigan researchers deploy a first-of-its-kind standardized interactive mapping tool to help low-income and BIPOC communities transition to clean energy. (Centered)
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