CLIMATE: A survey reveals that natural disasters displaced an estimated 3.3 million adults in the U.S. last year, disproportionately affecting people with disabilities. (Axios, E&E News)

ALSO:
• Clean energy’s growth means the world is likely to see less extreme global warming, but the ecological chaos caused by even moderate warming could be worse than previously predicted, climate scientists say. (Washington Post)
• Global emissions may begin a plateau in 2023, experts predict, after years of seesawing thanks to clean energy spending, a worldwide recession, and other factors. (E&E News)
• Nearly half of the world’s glaciers will likely melt by 2100 even if nations meet their boldest warming goals, glacier scientists predict. (Washington Post)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Mercedes-Benz announces plans to build a 2,500-charger network in the United States by 2027. (New York Times)
• The CEO of major automaker Stellantis says electric vehicle costs will need to come down to make them affordable for middle class drivers. (Associated Press)

SOLAR:
• Relying too heavily on solar components manufactured in Asia could slow the U.S. industry’s growth, a top Energy Department official says. (Axios)
• A solar power prototype launches into space as California scientists seek to prove space-based solar power’s viability. (The Hill)

OVERSIGHT: New Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chair Willie Phillips will likely steer the regulatory body away from debating the natural gas pipeline review process before FERC gets a fifth member, observers say. (E&E News)

OIL & GAS:
• A U.S. Department of Energy report finds that canceling the Keystone XL pipeline jeopardized 16,000 to 59,000 construction jobs and $3.1 billion in economic impact. (KUMV)
• A new study finds gas-fueled cooking stoves are responsible for 15.4% of Massachusetts’ childhood asthma cases, adding to the growing body of research on health impacts from gas cooking. (Boston Globe)
• Advocates urge President Biden and the U.S. EPA to intervene against the Tennessee Valley Authority’s plans to build a new Tennessee natural gas plant, even though last month’s rolling blackouts were caused in part by coal and gas failures. (WPLN)

WIND: The developer of a 3,000 MW wind project in southern Wyoming tells regulators it plans to begin construction this year. (Rawlins Times)

GRID: In Connecticut, frustration grows over inability to access Canadian hydropower because of stalled transmission line projects, which some say underscores the need for better interstate collaboration. (Energy News Network)

BUILDINGS: Colorado Gov. Jared Polis proposes reducing greenhouse gas emissions by limiting sprawl and encouraging high-density development and walkable, transit-friendly homes. (CPR)

COMMENTARY:
• The Inflation Reduction Act now allows federal tax credits to be transferred, changing the game for funding clean energy projects, an investment leader writes. (Utility Dive)
• Continued electric vehicle adoption and the impact of Democratic trifectas in several states are among one reporter’s top energy issues to watch this year. (Inside Climate News)

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Kathryn brings her extensive editorial background to the Energy News Network team, where she oversees the early-morning production of ENN’s five email digest newsletters as well as distribution of ENN’s original journalism with other media outlets. From documenting chronic illness’ effect on college students to following the inner workings of Congress, Kathryn has built a broad experience in her more than five years working at major publications including The Week Magazine. Kathryn holds a Bachelor of Science in magazine journalism and information management and technology from Syracuse University.