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COP27: Climate activists blame the United States for obstruction and refusing to acknowledge its outsized greenhouse gas emissions at the climate conference before it eventually signed on to an agreement that included a loss and damage fund. (Guardian)
ALSO:
• Climate advocates celebrate the loss and damage fund but lament that countries only tentatively recommitted to “phasing down” fossil fuels and left open a path to expanding natural gas usage. (Grist)
• The loss and damage fund so far lacks concrete details and funding, leaving a committee to figure that out over the next few months. (The Hill)
• Climate advocates worry oil-producing nations will dominate the next global conference, set to be held in the United Arab Emirates. (Guardian)
EMISSIONS:
• Building out clean energy infrastructure can generate substantial carbon emissions, but a study suggests quicker deployment could largely cancel the emissions out. (The Hill)
• Global emissions tied to coal burning are poised to hit a new record this year. (E&E News)
POLITICS: As federal lawmakers struggle to find common ground on energy permitting reform, sustainability-focused House Democrats say they’d support increased federal power to approve transmission lines, boost grid resiliency and develop clean energy arrays. (The Hill)
GRID: Clean energy advocates call on utilities and states to speed up Western grid integration and establish a regional power market to facilitate the flow of wind- and solar-produced electricity from state to state. (E&E News)  
NUCLEAR: Michigan’s top energy regulator says a federal funding denial to reopen a nuclear plant is “obviously disappointing,” but that new federal laws bring new clean energy opportunities. (MiBiz)
WIND:
• New York’s record storm this past weekend helped scientists collect new data on how wind turbines can spur lighting in a snowstorm, also known as thundersnow. (Washington Post)
• The 750 MW Clearwater wind facility — Montana’s largest — begins delivering power to a Washington state utility. (Billings Gazette) 
ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A South Korean company officially unveils plans to build a $3 billion cathode materials plant for electric vehicle batteries in Montgomery County, Tennessee — the latest in a string of news putting Tennessee at the forefront of the electric vehicle industry. (The Tennessean)
UTILITIES: Ratepayer advocates played a key role in Michigan regulators’ decision to approve just a fraction of the rate increase sought by DTE Energy. (Planet Detroit)
COMMENTARY:
• Used electric vehicle batteries could find a second life in less-intense situations like stationary storage, though technical and regulatory hurdles stand in the way, a clean energy business student writes. (Utility Dive)
• Widely used volumetric electric rate designs have created several social problems related to economic efficiency and equity, a consultant and former regulator writes. (Utility Dive)
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