CLIMATE BILL: While it had no support from congressional Republicans, the Inflation Reduction Act — signed yesterday by President Biden — is still poised to benefit red states via financial incentives for wind and solar and tax credits for carbon capture, energy storage and other applications. (Grist, Politico)

ALSO:
• Analysts and advocates warn not all Americans will see equal benefits from the climate package, with its fossil fuel-boosting provisions likely to harm already environmentally overburdened communities. (NPR)
• The climate spending package includes tens of billions of dollars in subsidies for high-tech electric vehicle plants being built across the Southeast and Midwest in an emerging region some are calling “the Battery Belt.” (Axios)
• Former Vice President Al Gore, who held the first congressional hearings on climate change in the 1980s, says he never expected it would take so long to pass significant climate legislation. (Washington Post)

SOLAR:
• About 20% of utility-scale solar projects slated for construction in the first half of 2022 were delayed, federal data shows. (Utility Dive)
• A rural Colorado county approves a proposed 80 MW solar project — previously rejected over the loss of agricultural land — after developers add 1,000 grazing sheep and an apiary to the project. (Colorado Sun) 

WIND: U.S. Energy Department reports explain how grid interconnection delays and other challenges may stymie wind power growth, but conclude the industry is still healthy. (E&E News)

RENEWABLES: Replacing coal-fired power plant jobs with local wind and solar jobs would add billions of dollars in costs to the clean energy transition yet help to stabilize local economies, according to a new study. (MiBiz)

OIL & GAS:
New Jersey officials’ fight against a proposed natural gas pipeline could test federal regulators’ new approach to scrutinizing gas projects. (E&E News)
A new study finds that Pennsylvania children living near fracking sites at birth were at least twice more likely to be diagnosed with early childhood leukemia than those who weren’t near those operations. (The Hill)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Illinois’ Climate and Equitable Jobs Act, along with the federal Inflation Reduction Act, give momentum to environmental justice programs that include deploying electric vehicle chargers in Chicago’s disinvested communities. (Energy News Network)
• Duke Energy asks North Carolina regulators to approve a pilot program that would draw energy to the power grid during peak demand times from electric vehicle batteries owned by customers with Ford F-150 Lightning pickup trucks. (WFAE)
A 1,000-mile electric vehicle road rally in Alaska aims to demonstrate EVs’ viability in remote parts of the state. (KUAC)  

CLIMATE:
• More than 425,000 people have discontinued their FEMA flood insurance since the agency started raising rates last year amid increasing flood risk. (E&E News)
• Extreme heat has wracked much of the U.S. this summer, parching everyone from colonial reenactors in Boston to firefighters in California. (Inside Climate News)

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