CLEAN ENERGY: The U.S. Energy Department’s Loan Program Office looks to lend a boosted budget of $400 billion to promising clean energy projects before the 2024 election potentially upends its leadership. (New York Times)

• A top U.S. Interior Department official says the federal government should expedite clean energy permitting by increasing land agency funding and staffing, not by gutting environmental laws as some senators propose. (Los Angeles Times)
• A series of stackable tax credits in the federal Inflation Reduction Act will particularly benefit communities in red states that have relied on fossil fuels for employment. (Inside Climate News)

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• As utilities warn the U.S. EPA’s new power plant emissions rules could threaten grid reliability by forcing fossil fuel facility shutdowns, the agency says it i’s confident reliability won’t be affected. (Politico, Utility Dive)
• The U.S. Energy Department offers $50 million to community-based clean energy projects in rural areas, as well as another $26 million for clean energy demonstration projects. (Utility Dive)
• The Tennessee Valley Authority announces plans to build 3,800 MW of new power generation after last year’s Christmas Eve cold snap resulted in rolling outages. (Times Daily)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Six states have already pledged more than $1 billion each to attract electric vehicle and EV battery factories, illustrating the hot competition for these projects. (E&E News)

A California startup launches its automated utility-scale solar installation system, saying it can double labor productivity. (PV Magazine)
Chicago-based developer Invenergy plans to partner with a Chinese company to build the largest solar panel factory in the U.S. in Ohio. (Reuters)

COAL: Coal plants in Montana and Illinois are among those reckoning with the U.S. EPA’s proposed emissions rules that would force them to install carbon capture or close. (Billings Gazette, Chicago Tribune)

POLITICS: As Sen. Joe Manchin fights proposed U.S. EPA rules that could force coal plant shutdowns, he doesn’t mention his family’s big stake in the coal industry. (Politico)

EMISSIONS: Observers say the U.S. EPA’s power plant emissions rules will have to fight off a wave of legal challenges before they can take effect. (E&E News)

BUILDINGS: Both chambers of Vermont’s legislature override the governor’s veto of a clean heat standard — a bill that several environmental groups called the most important climate legislation of the session. (Associated Press, Seven Days)

• Two environmental groups sue Shell over air emissions they say exceed legal limits at a new petrochemical plant north of Pittsburgh. (Inside Climate News)
• The Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa asks a federal judge for an emergency order to shut down the Line 5 pipeline, which crosses the tribe’s land in Wisconsin. (Wisconsin Examiner)

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