ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE: President Biden today will announce a new White House Office of Environmental Justice and direct federal agencies to focus on how climate change and pollution disproportionately affects minority and tribal communities. (New York Times)

POLITICS:
• As Republicans attempt to take the Inflation Reduction Act hostage as part of its debt ceiling negotiations, the Biden administration warns that gutting the law would imperil thousands of clean energy jobs. (Politico)
• The Inflation Reduction Act and infrastructure law made possible at least 35 projects in Republican-led congressional districts despite their opposition to the laws, though many GOP leaders try to downplay the connection. (E&E News)

CLIMATE:
• The Biden administration’s $1 billion pledge to the United Nations climate fund falls short of its earlier $11.4 billion promise, though the GOP’s hold on the House threatens Biden’s efforts to send more. (E&E News, Politico)
• Kentucky is one of only four states that didn’t apply for $4.6 billion in federal funds to create a climate plan because, the Democratic governor’s office says, it’s leaving that option to individual cities. (Kentucky Lantern)

GRID:
• A Maine jury unanimously decides that Central Maine Power has vested rights in the controversial New England Clean Energy Connect power line and can resume development. (Maine Public Radio)
• The Energy Department offers a $3 billion loan to finance a nationwide virtual power plant that would link rooftop solar and battery storage installations to as many as 115,000 homes. (E&E News)

SOLAR:
Solar developers report permitting delays for proposed projects on federal land even though the U.S. Interior Department pledged to streamline the process. (Reuters)
An energy analysis firm predicts California’s new net metering policy will slash demand for new rooftop solar systems, but will increase residential battery storage installations by as much as 800%. (Utility Dive)

HYDROGEN: Just 12% of U.S. energy and utility companies have invested in low-carbon hydrogen technology, compared to 26% of their global counterparts, though most say they plan to invest soon. (Utility Dive)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Sen. Joe Manchin grills Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm over the Biden administration’s electric vehicle incentives, saying the inclusion of cars made with foreign parts could cost U.S. jobs and threaten the federal budget. (Politico)
• Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp calls for a shift in how federal tax credits for electric vehicles are awarded because they don’t currently include foreign vehicle models made in Georgia. (WAGA)

OIL & GAS: Two years after Winter Storm Uri froze natural gas plants across the mid-South, Texas and Oklahoma not only haven’t shifted from the fossil fuel, but Texas lawmakers are doubling down and considering incentivizing even more gas plant construction. (E&E News)

POLLUTION: The Biden administration reaches separate settlements worth about $25 million total with three natural gas processing companies to reduce air pollution across 12 states. (Reuters)

COMMENTARY: A former U.S. Interior Secretary urges the Supreme Court to take up Colorado governments’ climate-related lawsuit against fossil fuel companies, saying a string of separate state court rulings would result in chaos. (Bloomberg Law)

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