UTILITIES: Most large U.S. electric utilities have pledged to cut their carbon emissions 80% by 2050, but a report finds they still haven’t made adequate plans to achieve that goal, even with federal funding at their disposal. (Canary Media)


POLLUTION: A legal loophole in the Clean Air Act has let the U.S. EPA exclude pollution from “natural” or “uncontrollable” events like wildfires from official air quality records, giving the illusion that the air is cleaner than it really is in at least 70 counties. (Guardian)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: At least eight states, most of them Republican-controlled, have levied $200-plus annual fees on electric vehicle owners that critics say will delay the EV transition. (Washington Post) 

PIPELINES: More than 4,200 workers hustle to complete construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline before the end of the year, but still face frequent protests and hundreds of water crossings. (Roanoke Times)

TRANSPORTATION: A Chicago-area startup develops technology to retrofit diesel engines to run on ethanol, betting that it’s a faster path to decarbonize heavy-duty trucking than waiting for electric replacements. (Energy News Network)


CLIMATE: September 2023 was the most unusually warm month NOAA and NASA scientists say they’ve seen, continuing warming trends that suggest 2023 will be the hottest year on record. (Axios)

SOLAR: Iowa solar developers are adapting projects and offering “good neighbor” incentives to improve relationships with landowners but still encounter insurmountable opposition in some counties. (Gazette)


OFFSHORE WIND: Rhode Island requests 1.2 GW of offshore wind project proposals, the largest renewable power solicitation in the state to date. (Offshore Wind Biz)

COMMENTARY: Will your electric boat electrocute you if it sinks? Obsessively insulated batteries and several fail-safes mean the answer is not likely, a reporter finds. (Heatmap)

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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.