STORAGE: The U.S. Energy Department withdraws a proposed $200 million grant for a Texas-based battery company after Republicans complained about its Chinese subsidiary. (E&E News)
ALSO: The backers of a proposed hydroelectric pumped storage project in South Dakota abandon their plans, citing financial risks and uncertainty about the long-duration storage market. (Mitchell Republic)
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SOLAR: A $1 billion Oklahoma solar factory is part of a wave of solar manufacturing projects announced since the passage of the federal climate package, but the industry also faces growing political uncertainty. (E&E News)
OIL & GAS:
• The Biden administration meets with environmental groups and oil companies as it prepares long-awaited rules for drilling on public lands. (E&E News)
• A study finds the intensity of methane emissions from oil and gas production dropped 28% between 2019 and 2021, but the gap between the highest and lowest emitters is growing. (Anchorage Daily News)
• House Republicans plan a hearing and vote as part of their fight to preserve gas stoves, even after the Biden administration says it has no intention of outlawing the appliances. (Politico)
• Minnesota lawmakers pass a bill to accelerate the adoption of commercial building codes and achieve at least an 80% reduction in annual net energy use for new large buildings by 2036. (Energy News Network)
• General Motors is among dozens of companies that will share $87 million in federal funding to speed up the transition to electric vehicles. (Utility Dive)
• New York City’s transit agency wants to transition to only battery-powered buses by 2040, but says a utility commission-approved plan to provide time-of-use charging rates won’t make charging affordable enough. (City Limits)
• A Korean auto parts company announces it will become the eighth parts supplier to build a factory near Hyundai’s planned electric vehicle plant in Georgia. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
EMISSIONS: The U.S. House votes to overturn the Biden administration’s new rule to cut pollution from heavy-duty trucks after also passing the Senate; President Biden has said he would veto it. (The Hill)
CLEAN ENERGY: The U.S. Energy Department announces $34 million for 18 clean energy projects on tribal land, especially in remote places that lack reliable electricity service and face high bills. (Reuters)
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GRID: A peer-reviewed study predicts nearly 800,000 Phoenix, Arizona, residents would need emergency medical care for heat-related ailments if a prolonged power outage and extreme heat coincided. (New York Times)
HYDROGEN: The U.S. Energy Department announces $42 million for 22 projects dedicated to producing, storing and deploying clean hydrogen. (news release)