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Rural Electric Co-ops Are the Fastest-Growing Group of Broadband Providers (FierceTelecom)
FCC Asked to Redo 6 GHz Rules to Solve Interference Issues (Law360)
USF Contribution Reform Debate Well Underway as Stakeholders Weigh In (Telecompetitor)
Broadband Gets $65 billion in Infrastructure Bill – Here’s What Happens Next (FierceTelecom)
ReConnect Round Three Funding Comes With Requirement Changes (Agri-Pulse)
USDA Readies to Distribute $1.15B for Rural Broadband (Politico)
WISPA Argues Fiber Overbuilds of FWA Are Wasting Precious Broadband Funds (FierceTelecom)
RDOF Postmortem: Can the FCC Fix These Problems in Phase II? (FierceTelecom)
Infrastructure Bill Would Reshape, Dramatically Expand Broadband Funding (Agri-Pulse)
Congress Faces Broadband Crunch (Politico Morning Tech)
Elon Musk’s SpaceX Riles Its Rivals for Broadband Subsidies (Wall Street Journal)
White House Huddles With Small Broadband Players (Politico)
Electric Co-ops Question Viability of RDOF Bids (Telecompetitor)
Musk’s Broadband-From-Space Subsidy Irks Rivals Who Sought Cash (Bloomberg)
Co-ops Ask FCC for List of RDOF Defaults (Telecompetitor)
Biden Broadband Proposal Draws Cheers, Jeers (Telecompetitor)
Electric Co-ops Press for Results on Rural Internet Access (The Augusta Chronicle)
COVID-19 and Its Rural Broadband Impact (Agri-Pulse)
What’s Up with Elon Musk’s Satellite-Delivered Internet Service? (Inside Nova)
Biggest RDOF Winner Responds to Naysayers (Fierce Telecom)
Electric Co-ops Question Viability of RDOF Bids (Telecompetitor)
SpaceX Starlink Fights Opposition to FCC Funding (Ars Technica)
Building on Rural Broadband Subsidies, SpaceX Meets Criticism (Broadband Breakfast)
Lawmakers Worry ISPs Can’t Deliver on Their Broadband Promises (Gizmodo)
Congress Asks FCC to Thoroughly Vet RDOF Winners (Telecompetitor)


Russian Hacking Threat Hovers Over U.S. Gas Pipelines (Politico)
A Month After ‘Malicious’ Cyberattack, a Small Colorado Utility Still Doesn’t Have All Systems Back Online (Utility Dive)
Grid’s ‘Town Crier’ Separates Cyber Signal From Noise (E&E News)
100-Day review: Another 52 Electric Co-ops Adopt NRECA Cybersecurity Technology (Daily Energy Insider)
NRECA Cybersecurity Technology Sees Rapid Adoption During 100-Day Initiative (T&D World)
Defending From Future Cyberattacks (Politico Morning Energy)
NRECA Awarded $3.9M to Expand Cybersecurity Information Sharing Partnership (Daily Energy Insider)
Biden Takes Executive Action to Strengthen Cybersecurity, Secure Supply Chains (POWER Online)
NRECA Rolls Out New Cybersecurity Technology (Daily Energy Insider)
Vendor Joins U.S. Testing Program to Defend Grid from Cyberattacks (CyberScoop)

Clean Energy

Why Utilities Didn’t Join the Supreme Court Case Against EPA (E&E News)
SCOTUS Considers Scope of EPA Authority in GHG Emissions Case (Agri-Pulse)
Shutting Out Natural Gas Can Destabilize the Electric Grid (InsideSources.com)
How Dems’ Clean Electricity Plan Hits Nuclear, Gas, FERC (E&E News)
Dems’ Clean Electricity Plan Spurs Renewable Fight (E&E News)
Tina Smith Pushes Climate Program Despite Slim Democratic Margins (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
House Panel Recommends 4% Annual Clean Energy Gains in Budget Reconciliation Measure (IHS Markit)
Committee OKs Methane Fee, Launches Debate on Climate Plan (E&E News)
NRECA Blasts Dems’ Clean Electricity Program as ‘Unrealistic’ (Agri-Pulse)
Rural Co-ops Say Democrats’ Clean Power Plan ‘Too Aggressive’ (Washington Examiner)
Report Outlines Path to 80% Clean Power (Energywire)
Senate Leaders Push ‘Clean Electricity Payment Program’—A $200 Billion Green New Deal, With Big Implications (Forbes)
How Democrats Plan to Clean Up the U.S. Power Sector (Financial Times)
Power Industry Pushes Priorities as Congress Crafts Budget Package (S&P Global)
Democratic Disarray Dogs Crucial Vote on Biden Agenda (E&E Daily)
Quest for ‘Common Ground’ Continues as Clock Ticks (E&E Daily)
Leaders Urge Support for Clean Energy Tax Breaks That Benefit Public Power (PV Magazine)
Co-ops Want Level Playing Field for Clean Energy Incentives (RTO Insider)
NRECA Chief Urges Conversation on How to Reach Power Sector Climate Targets (S&P Global)
Co-ops Warn Congress a 2035 100% Clean Electricity Target is ‘Overly Ambitious’ (Utility Dive)
Leaders Urge Support for Clean Energy Tax Breaks that Benefit Public Power (PV Magazine Online)
How a New Deal Legacy Is Building Clean Energy in Rural North Carolina (NPR)
U.S. Power Sector Will ‘Continue to Need Natural Gas’ (S&P Global)
U.S. Utilities Show Enthusiasm, Skepticism for 2035 Clean Power Goal (S&P Global)


Energy, Utilities Groups Applaud Passage of $1.2T Infrastructure Bill (Daily Energy Insider)
House Passes Infrastructure Bill, Wins Much Praise (The Fence Post)
Democrats Face Call for Help From Electric Co-ops (Washington Examiner)
EEI, Industry Groups Applaud Senate for Passage of Infrastructure Bill (Daily Energy Insider)
Senate Passes $1 Trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure Package (CNET)
Senate Passes Infrastructure Bill, Wins Farm Group Praises (The Fence Post)
Power Infrastructure Prominent in Biden’s $2.25 Trillion Blueprint (POWER Magazine)
Biden to Release Budget, Detail ‘Build Back Better’ Plans (E&E News)
Co-ops See Opening in Infrastructure Push to Address Priorities (S&P Global)
Co-ops Respond to Biden’s $2.3T Infrastructure Plan (Daily Energy Insider)

Industry News

Democrats Eye ‘Build Back Slimmer’ on Reconciliation (E&E News)
EPW Takes on Energy Security (Politico)
Supreme Court Seems Ready to Limit EPA Power Plant Oversight (E&E News)
New EPA Rules to Target Power Plant Pollution (Wall Street Journal)
As Electric Sector Becomes ‘Tip of the Spear’ of Decarbonization, Resiliency Is Key, Trade Group Leaders Say (Utility Dive)
USEA Panelists Outline 2022 Energy Sector Policy Priorities (Daily Energy Insider)
Climate Change Is ‘Biggest Challenge’ for U.S. Power Industry, EEI’s Kuhn Says (S&P Global)
Will Tri-State’s Exit Fee Dispute at FERC Shake Up the Cooperative Utility Model? (Utility Dive)
Why This Could Be a Tough Winter for the U.S. Electric Grid (Microgrid Knowledge)
How Dems’ Climate Plan May Transform Coal in Rural America (E&E News)
Supply Chain Woes Hit the Power Grid (Politico Morning Energy)
Weaker Efficiency Standards for Manufactured Housing Could ‘Threaten Grid Reliability,’ Says Calif. Agency (Utility Dive)
Farm and Food Groups on Board With BBB (National Journal)
Biofuels Groups, NFU Support BBB, Others Demur (The Fence Post)
House Passes $1.75 Trillion Build Back Better Act (RTO Insider)
Energy Companies Boost Lobbying Amid Reconciliation Fight (E&E News)
Rural Electric Co-ops Head South to Help Restore Power (Agri-Pulse)
Critics: PJM’s Minimum Offer Price Rule Overhaul Will ‘Crater’ Capacity Market (S&P Global)
Ag PACs Pick Up Pace of Contributions After Post-Jan. 6 Pause (Agri-Pulse)
Coronavirus ‘Collateral Damage’ Hits Rural Power Providers (Reuters)
State of the Electric Utility 2021 (Utility Dive)

Electric Vehicles

Who Wants Biden’s EV-Charging Money? Everybody (E&E News)
The Bet Behind Electrifying the Heartland for EVs (Wall Street Journal)
EVs Driving Growth in Smart Grid Technology (Electrical Contractor)
Electric Co-ops Help Lead Charge to Bring EV Infrastructure to Rural Communities (Automotive News)


These New Double-Duty Heat Pumps Can Warm Both Air and Water (Canary Media)
DOE Offers $3M to Encourage Carbon Management, Storage Tech Among Public Power Associations (Daily Energy Insider)
Microgrids Power Through Haiti Earthquake (Microgrid Knowledge)
Tax Credit Would Target Emerging Tech in Solar, Storage and Hydrogen (PV Magazine)
Electric Co-op Aims to Make New Technologies Accessible to All (NPR)
Evolving Technology Changes Work at Electric Co-op (East Oregonian)


Electric Co-op Group Hires DC Schools’ Top Attorney as Sr. VP (Law360)
Rural Power Trade Group Taps Legal Chief to Face New Challenges (Bloomberg Law)
Capitol Hill Veteran Jumps to Electricity Group (E&E News)
Movers and Shakers (Politico Morning Energy)
Electric Cooperative Group Names New Top Lobbyist (Politico Influence)
New Jersey Pension Investment Chief Leaves $77 Billion Post (Bloomberg News)
Local Engineer Climbs to Top of Male-Dominated Field (Daily Inter Lake)
Minnkota’s Only Female Engineer Designs Substations, Builds Inroads (Grand Forks Herald)
Breaking Glass Ceilings (The Messenger)