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POLITICS: The U.S. Senate rejects adding Sen. Joe Manchin’s energy permitting reform amendment to a must-pass defense spending bill, sending his long fight to expedite environmental reviews into 2023. (E&E News)
• House Republicans plan to use their upcoming majority to investigate baseless claims that China and Russia are driving U.S. climate movements. (Axios)
• Republicans also plan to attack a Biden administration rule directing retirement plan fiduciaries to consider climate change and other environmental factors when making investments. (Axios)
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• As the Biden administration prepares to dole out Inflation Reduction Act funding, the U.S. Energy Department’s internal watchdog warns it doesn’t have capacity to fully oversee all the programs the law will create. (New York Times)
• Richard Glick chairs his final Federal Energy Regulatory Commission meeting, capping his efforts to more strongly consider climate when issuing natural gas permitting decisions. (E&E News)
ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE: A new study shows historically redlined neighborhoods are more likely than others to have a fossil fuel plant nearby and face more severe air pollutant burdens. (Axios)
CLEAN ENERGY: New clean energy investments totalled $40 billion in the three months since the Inflation Reduction Act passed, equalling the amount invested in all of 2021. (Utility Dive)
• The U.S. installed 17 GW of utility-scale solar capacity in 2021, but is estimated to have only added 10.3 GW this past year thanks to supply shortages and trade conflicts. (Utility Dive)
• California regulators slash compensation for rooftop solar generation, saying the higher rates disproportionately benefited the wealthy, while industry leaders contend the change will slow solar adoption. (Los Angeles Times)
ELECTRIC VEHICLES: The Biden administration is finalizing standards for new electric vehicle charging stations that will be built with $7.5 billion in bipartisan infrastructure law funding. (Utility Dive)
OIL & GAS:
• An energy think tank predicts the U.S. EPA’s proposed oil and gas facility methane rules will yield greater emissions reductions and financial benefits than the agency’s estimates. (Santa Fe New Mexican)
• The oil that spilled from the Keystone pipeline in Kansas last week was diluted bitumen, which tends to sink in water and will complicate cleanup efforts. (Reuters)
WIND: Virginia regulators approve a settlement between Dominion Energy, environmental groups and others to provide ratepayer protections as the utility builds its $9 billion offshore wind farm. (Virginia Mercury)
CLIMATE: California regulators approve an ambitious climate plan aimed at reaching carbon neutrality by 2045 via electric vehicle adoption, building electrification and carbon capture. (CNN)
GRID: Shootings at two North Carolina electrical substations prompt federal officials to order a nationwide review of security standards around the electricity transmission network. (WFAE)
UTILITIES: Minnesota consumer advocates say Xcel Energy’s ongoing rate case seeking a more than 24% increase for residential customers is an opportunity to provide rate relief for low-income customers. (Energy News Network)
BUILDINGS: Electrification advocates want New York’s governor to include a ban on fossil fuel infrastructure in new construction in an upcoming executive budget. (Gothamist)
COMMENTARY: Resource bottlenecks, public opinion, and disinvestment have long stopped the U.S. from building some of its best ideas, and that history threatens fusion energy’s development a columnist argues. (Atlantic)