POLITICS: The White House and House Republicans release a debt ceiling deal that would approve all remaining permits for the long-delayed Mountain Valley Pipeline, among other concessions from both sides of the aisle that have left critics unsatisfied. (Politico, E&E News)
• Rural clean energy programs were supposed to get a funding boost from the Inflation Reduction Act, but House Republicans are now targeting them for billions of dollars of spending cuts. (Grist)
• The Biden administration is looking to restart climate talks with China, even as they consider tariffs and other tools to prioritize domestic clean energy component construction. (Washington Post)
• State Farm stops accepting new applications for homeowner or business property insurance in California, citing growing risks from climate change and the rising cost of reinsurance and rebuilding. (Los Angeles Times)
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• Delays in connecting renewable energy projects to the grid may prevent states in grid operator PJM’s territory from hitting their clean energy targets, an environmental group finds. (Energy News Network)
• Energy analysts and economists largely agree that laws limiting competition to build new interstate transmission lines harm consumers and could slow the clean energy transition. (Inside Climate News)
• As the Southwest Power Pool expands its grid footprint into the West, some experts worry the changes could isolate California and cut off access to renewable energy and other power imports. (Utility Dive)
WASTE-TO-ENERGY: U.S. trash incinerators market themselves as clean energy facilities as they compete for new federal incentives. (Washington Post)
ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Industry observers suggest government incentives and automakers should focus on hybrid electric vehicles, which make more efficient use of still-limited battery materials. (Axios)
• The owner of several Massachusetts peaker plants wants to sell extra interconnection capacity to an offshore wind farm, a move that might save ratepayers hundreds of millions of dollars in construction costs. (CommonWealth Magazine)
• In New Bedford, Massachusetts, a local union temporarily shuts down work on Vineyard Wind to picket the project’s failure to hire Black and local workers as promised. (New Bedford Light)
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• A Philadelphia nonprofit opens a heat pump training lab to help workers get certified to install electric heating and cooling systems. (Canary Media)
• Oregon is banking on rapid adoption of heat pumps to help reduce emissions and lessen the impact of heat waves, but cost and a shortage of knowledgeable installers pose obstacles to the transition. (Oregonian)
PUBLIC LANDS: A fight erupts over the Bureau of Land Management’s proposal to allow for conservation leases on federal land, with opponents alarmed about the potential impact on grazing, mining and oil and gas development. (Idaho Capital Sun)