• Hurricane Ian’s arrival in Florida spurs national conversation over weatherproofing the U.S. power grid. (MarketPlace)
• Single-family homes with solar panels and storage systems could likely make it through multiday power outages while keeping the lights and heat or air conditioning on, national lab researchers find. (Utility Dive)
• Federal data show California’s electricity demand dropped 2,100 MW within moments after an emergency alert was sent out during the peak of the September heat wave, averting rolling outages. (Energy Information Administration)
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CLIMATE: The Inflation Reduction Act relabels greenhouse gas emissions as a form of air pollution, which experts say will emphasize the need to reduce them. (Grist)
• Advocates see the failure of measures to speed a transmission buildout within Sen. Joe Manchin’s permitting reform bill as a loss for clean energy expansion. (Reuters, E&E News)
• Lawmakers prepare to fight the next iteration of Manchin’s permitting reform bill as the senator and Democratic leaders begin reworking its provisions to attract bipartisan support. (E&E News, Roll Call)
• Anti-Mountain Valley Pipeline activists enjoy a temporary win after Sen. Joe Manchin withdraws legislation that would have forced its completion. (WDBJ, Energy News Network)
• Residents, local officials and farmers along a proposed carbon pipeline route in Illinois say they are struggling to get information about the project from the developer, including a list of affected landowners. (Energy News Network)
• California Gov. Gavin Newsom says Tesla’s success has been made possible by $3.2 billion of direct and indirect state subsidies and market mechanisms the company has received since 2009. (San Francisco Chronicle)
• BP and car rental company Hertz plan to develop a national electric vehicle charging network with tens of thousands of chargers over the coming decade. (Utility Dive)
OIL & GAS:
• President Biden warns oil companies not to hike prices in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian. (Associated Press)
• Forecasters expect U.S. oil refiners to run at a high capacity next quarter, especially since the industry largely avoided a hit by Hurricane Ian. (Reuters)
COAL: As the San Juan coal plant in northwest New Mexico ceases operations, environmental advocates shift their focus to ensuring the site and adjacent mine is properly reclaimed. (NM Political Report)
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EQUITY: A former Xcel Energy and ComEd official now leads a nonprofit developing climate strategies for all communities. (Canary Media)
COMMENTARY: Recent hurricanes and extreme flooding show climate change’s disproportionate effects on the most vulnerable and prove President Biden should declare a climate emergency, an environmentalist writes. (Guardian)
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