POLITICS: The results of down-ballot races in several states could have big climate impacts, including one race for a Texas regulatory post that oversees some of the state’s biggest emitters, and another that could determine the fate of a Michigan oil and gas pipeline. (Vox)

ALSO:
• Democrats running in close U.S. Senate races look to shift the blame for high gas prices off the Biden administration and onto oil and gas giants. (Politico)
• Oil and gas industry lobbyists, expecting Republicans to take over Congress next year, are already working with GOP lawmakers to undercut Biden administration clean energy programs. (New York Times)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• The Biden administration awards a total of $2.8 billion in grants to twelve states to boost production of electric vehicle batteries. (Associated Press)
• States that voted for Donald Trump will receive most of those grants, along with a windfall of other clean energy subsidies and private investment, despite Republican leaders denying climate change and decrying the spending as wasteful. (New York Times)
• A study finds electric vehicles’ climate footprint from battery production and fossil fuel-generated electricity is negated in less than two years via reduced tailpipe emissions. (New York Times)
• The Inflation Reduction Act sets federal rules mandating accountability within the global electric vehicle battery supply chain, potentially driving a crackdown on human rights abuses in the industry. (Washington Post)

GRID:
• Developers are fighting a Federal Emergency Management Association proposal to toughen construction standards for wind and solar projects to improve reliability in extreme weather, saying the new rules will kill projects. (Utility Dive)
• Only eight U.S. companies manufacture the massive transformers the country needs to improve and expand electric distribution, and deliveries have fallen behind due to pandemic and supply challenges. (E&E News)
• Xcel Energy is seeking to expand its work on community microgrids in Minnesota, with critics saying the utility would hold an unfair advantage over other developers. (Energy News Network) 

CLIMATE:
• The U.S. agrees to support United Nations discussions of reparations for developing countries that have produced few fossil fuel emissions but face an outsized number of their climate effects. (Bloomberg)
• The International Energy Agency estimates global carbon emissions from fossil fuels will rise 1% this year over last, down from 2021’s 6% growth from the year before. (Axios)

SOLAR: Inflation and supply chain constraints further delay construction and increase costs for New Mexico solar projects aimed at replacing the generating capacity of the now-shuttered San Juan coal plant. (NM Political Report)

HYDROPOWER: As long-term drought diminishes hydropower production on the Colorado River, rural electricity cooperatives must turn to more expensive power sources. (Nevada Independent)

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