OVERSIGHT: The U.S. Supreme Court and federal district courts are weighing several cases this year that could significantly limit federal energy regulators’ ability to oversee climate and infrastructure policy. (E&E News)

OIL & GAS:

POLITICS: The Biden administration and its supporters are expected to emphasize the president’s progress on climate change as the 2024 election approaches, and will likely hustle to finalize major environmental rules if he loses re-election. (E&E News)

GRID:

WIND:

  • Federal analysts say Montana’s wind power generation capacity is likely to surpass the state’s coal capacity after two projects under construction come online later this year. (Montana Free Press)
  • Vineyard Wind didn’t transmit any electricity to the grid last year, breaking a pledge made by its developers, who have yet to provide a new timeline for power delivery. (State House News Service)

CARBON CAPTURE: A direct-air carbon capture facility proposed for Wyoming would rely on small modular nuclear reactors — another unproven technology — for power. (E&E News)

PIPELINES:

UTILITIES: Avangrid terminates its bid to acquire PNM, New Mexico’s largest electric utility, citing a lack of “clear timing” on a court review of regulators’ 2021 rejection of the proposed merger. (Utility Dive)

POLICY: Vermont lawmakers plan to strengthen the state’s renewable energy standard during this legislative session; the majority of a related working group recently recommended increasing it to 100% by 2030. (VT Digger)

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