ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A 10-year data collection project shows how different electric vehicle models charge, how consumers can save money, and other potentially useful information for utilities, manufacturers and drivers as EV deployment expands. (Canary Media) 

ALSO: Renters often lack access to electric vehicle chargers at their home, deterring many potential customers and posing reliability challenges for those who do buy EVs. (Associated Press)

SOLAR: Researchers find that growing tomato plants below and between solar panels can increase crop yields, especially in hot and dry areas such as California’s Central Valley. (Energy News Network)

CLIMATE:
• A federal court rejects GOP-led states’ attempts to block the Biden administration from assessing the social cost of carbon and otherwise putting a value on climate change’s damages. (The Hill)
• A new study guides consumers in evaluating the environmental impact of what they eat, from crops to livestock to seafood. (Washington Post)
• An environmental group’s survey finds close to 70% of people of color say they prefer congressional candidates who prioritize climate action. (Inside Climate News)
• A federal relief agency has delivered far more aid to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Fiona this year than it did after Hurricane Maria in 2017, demonstrating how policy changes have made it easier for people to receive emergency assistance. (E&E News)

COAL:
• The U.S. EPA started to shape strategies to curb coal power plants’ emissions shortly after President Biden took office, fueling potential scrutiny if Republicans take control of Congress next month. (E&E News)
A New Mexico city hoping to revive the recently closed San Juan coal plant and install carbon capture urges regulators to reject the owners’ request to end an operating agreement and allow decommissioning to proceed. (Utility Dive)

GRID: Clean energy advocates condemn a Southwest Power Pool proposal that would standardize a way for transmission owners to profit from grid upgrades. (Utility Dive)

OIL & GAS:
• Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and top Pennsylvania lawmakers are working on a proposed economic development deal that could direct millions of dollars annually toward natural gas and hydrogen production. (Spotlight PA)
Natural gas prices plunge in the Permian Basin as production overwhelms the regional pipeline network. (Bloomberg)
A federal judge rules California cities can sue oil and gas corporations in state court over their products’ contribution to climate change, rejecting the companies’ bid to keep the cases in federal court. (San Francisco Chronicle)

UTILITIES: FirstEnergy cuts off “dark money” contributions as it discloses such spending under the terms of a deferred prosecution deal with the U.S. Justice Department in the fallout of Ohio’s HB 6 scandal. (Cleveland.com)

COMMENTARY:
• Recall elections in several states are among several midterm races that could serve as a referendum on officials’ approval of renewable energy, a legal expert writes. (Barron’s)
• Communities should use Inflation Reduction Act funding to transform buildings and their surrounding landscapes into walkable, sustainable ecosystems, two community revitalization advocates write. (Canary Media)

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