CLEAN ENERGY: Wind, solar and storage account for 83% of new capacity that energy developers plan to bring online in the U.S. this year, according to federal data. (news release)
• Increased federal support for clean energy is part of a broader push by the Biden administration to leverage industrial policy rather than relying on markets to solve problems. (Washington Post)
• President Biden is expected to veto a bill that would repeal a rule on climate-friendly investing, but that is unlikely to end the debate. (Washington Post)
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CLIMATE: The International Energy Agency says global CO2 emissions “remain on an unsustainable growth trajectory” despite rising at a slower pace in 2022. (The Hill)
COAL: A federal appeals court rejects a challenge to Biden administration regulations requiring reductions in pollution that blows across state lines from coal plants in mostly Midwest and Northeast states. (Reuters)
ELECTRIC VEHICLES: As the Northeast pushes to electrify diesel truck fleets along its major freight corridors, a National Grid study aims to establish a clear path forward in a region lacking vision as to how the grid will need to change to accommodate that demand. (Energy News Network)
SOLAR: Xcel Energy blames months-long residential solar interconnection delays in Colorado on IT issues and a spike in demand spurred by expanded federal tax incentives. (CPR)
• The Tennessee Valley Authority gains state and federal backing for its plans to build up to four small modular reactors in Tennessee over the next decade. (Chattanooga Times Free Press, Knoxville News Sentinel)
• As companies aim to develop small modular reactors, they face a complex regulatory path that they may not be financially prepared for. (Canary Media)
OIL & GAS: Enbridge lays out plans to invest $590 million in storage and export infrastructure on the Gulf Coast, betting the market for fossil fuels will be strong for “decades and decades.” (Financial Post)
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• A map of how U.S. homes are heated shows that conservative areas of the country stand to gain the most from Biden administration incentives for clean heating technology. (Washington Post)
• A pro-gas advocacy group promoted low support for natural gas hook-up bans in new buildings among western New Yorkers, but didn’t mention its own polling shows most residents statewide support it. (Inside Climate News)
COMMENTARY: A public policy analyst notes that the law at the center of a major corruption trial in Ohio was also bad policy that is stalling renewable energy development and contributing to more power-sector emissions. (Ohio Capital Journal)