ELECTRIFICATION: An analysis envisions a much bigger role for electric power across the transportation, residential, industrial and commercial sectors by 2050. (New York Times)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• The federal climate push has fueled a surge in lobbying by mineral and battery companies looking to get a boost in the electric vehicle transition. (E&E News)
• The Biden administration’s proposed tailpipe emissions rules will have to overcome reluctance from manufacturers and consumers about the risks and costs associated with electric vehicles. (New York Times)
• Electric vehicle industry leaders say the proposed tailpipe emissions standards should be a “wake-up call” for municipalities and companies who so far haven’t been convinced EVs are going to take off. (Utility Dive)


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PIPELINES: Newly released documents show how a private security firm hired to control Dakota Access pipeline protests used social media monitoring, aerial surveillance and radio eavesdropping to build watch lists and dossiers on activists. (Grist/The Intercept)

OIL & GAS:
• The Biden administration greenlights exports from a proposed $39 billion liquefied natural gas pipeline and export terminal in Alaska, but climate advocates say demand for the fuel will likely wane before the facility comes online in 2030 or later. (Reuters)
Progressive Democratic U.S. lawmakers call on the Biden administration to revoke its approval of the Willow oil and gas drilling project in Alaska. (Truthout)

RENEWABLES: Louisiana consumer advocates worry growing industry demand for renewables will absorb available clean energy from newly built projects, leaving residents stuck with fossil fuel power that’s vulnerable to price volatility. (The Advocate)

UTILITIES: New Hampshire’s governor supports a bill that would let utilities buy power from generators instead of through regional wholesale markets, a change advocates say may help renewables compete in the state. (Vxartnews)

WIND: Analysts predict the world’s total wind energy generating capacity will hit 1 million megawatts this year and double to 2 million megawatts in the next eight years. (Utility Dive)

EMISSIONS: U.S. greenhouse gas emissions rose 6% from 2020 to 2021, and then rose another 1% in the next year, a federal analysis shows. (The Hill)

GRID: A river authority finds Texas lawmakers’ plan to have it build up to 10 GW of on-demand, natural gas-fired power with fuel stored on site could cost about $18 billion — over $7 billion more than a previous estimate. (Texas Tribune)

BUILDINGS: Environmentalists oppose a proposal by the mayor of Washington, D.C., to postpone the city’s strengthened building efficiency standard by three years to boost the city’s post-pandemic economy. (DCist)

SOLAR: Analysts predict California’s highly contested new rooftop solar net metering policy that goes into effect this week will push residents to install battery storage. (Canary Media)

CARBON CAPTURE: None of the roughly two dozen bills filed in six Midwest states this year affecting carbon capture and storage projects have passed, allowing pipeline developers to move forward with planned projects. (E&E News)


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ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE: The U.S. EPA allocates $177 million to create assistance centers that will help environmental justice groups apply for federal funds. (The Hill)

COMMENTARY:
• Climate scientist Dr. Leah Stokes suggests the federal government adopt a three-part test to determine if so-called clean hydrogen plants are actually clean and deserve federal incentives. (New York Times)
• Federal regulators need to quickly craft rules that adequately address the U.S.’s swelling grid interconnection backlog, a solar industry leader writes. (Utility Dive)

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Kathryn brings her extensive editorial background to the Vxartnews 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.