RENEWABLE ENERGY: Renewable energy will surpass coal as the world’s largest electricity source by 2025, according to an International Energy Agency report, which says the fallout from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine “has sparked unprecedented momentum” for clean energy. (CNBC)

POLITICS:
• House Democrats threaten to block inclusion of legislation to streamline energy permitting in a budget bill if it weakens environmental protections or forces completion of the Mountain Valley Pipeline; Sen. Joe Manchin says there have been “some adjustments” to the proposal. (E&E News)
• A conspiracy theory that climate action is part of a scheme by global elites to restrict personal liberty, dubbed the “Great Reset,” is gaining traction in conservative media. (E&E News)
• The Kentucky Republican who will become chair of the House Oversight committee announces an investigation of what he calls the Biden administration’s “war on American-made energy.” (E&E News)

GRID: The attack on two electrical substations in North Carolina could leave some residents without power for days and raises larger questions about grid security. (Associated Press, Bloomberg)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• The EU’s trade commissioner says the Inflation Reduction Act’s exclusion of foreign brands from electric vehicle tax credits represents “two steps backwards” in U.S.-European trade relations. (CNBC)
• Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey asks 20 manufacturers to continue installing AM radio in electric vehicles to facilitate emergency communications, despite concerns about interference and battery life. (MassLive)

WIND: The developer behind the 1.2 GW Mayflower Wind project tells Rhode Island’s energy siting board that it’s still committed to building the facility after making statements about its economic viability. (ecoRI)

SOLAR:
• The U.S. Interior Department plans to expand solar development on public lands in the West, including three proposed projects in Arizona totaling about 1 GW. (PV-Tech)
• North Carolina solar advocates say Duke Energy’s carbon plan needs to be more aggressive with solar or risk missing its first major emissions reduction milestone at the end of this decade. (Energy News Network)

LITHIUM: Companies’ heightened interest in developing lithium mines in Nevada and other Western states has yet to spark economic or employment booms in nearby communities. (NPR)

CLIMATE:
• A Detroit pizzeria executes careful menu planning to limit its food waste and greenhouse gas emissions. (Planet Detroit/Energy News Network)
• Madison, Wisconsin, officials consider regulations aimed at discouraging car traffic to and from new developments to curb transportation emissions. (Wisconsin State Journal) 

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Ken Paulman

Ken is the director of the Energy News Network at Fresh Energy and is a founding editor of both Midwest Energy News and Southeast Energy News. Prior to joining Fresh Energy, he was the managing editor for online news at Minnesota Public Radio. He started his journalism career in 2002 as a copy editor for the Duluth News Tribune before spending five years at the Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington, where he worked as a copy editor, online producer, features editor and night city editor. A Nebraska native, Ken has a bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a master's degree from the University of Oregon. He is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors.