EMISSIONS: A Democratic Party analysis of the infrastructure and reconciliation bills suggests they could cut U.S. carbon emissions 45% by 2030, with state and administrative action closing the gap to reach the Biden administration’s goal of halving emissions by the end of the decade. (Politico)

OIL & GAS: Democrats on the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee aim to end Congress’ Arctic leasing auction mandate and push for heavier fees on oil, gas and pipeline companies to fund conservation efforts. (Bloomberg)

• Siemens gears up to make more than 1 million electric vehicle chargers in the U.S. over the next four years, eyeing locations for a second plant to complement its North Carolina factory. (S&P Global)
• Widespread deployment of self-driving electric taxis could increase how many solo trips people take by car, negating their environmental benefits if they aren’t significantly cleaner than today’s EVs, a study finds. (Axios)
• Semi truck manufacturers start to incorporate solar power into their designs, installing panels to power trucks’ heating and cooling systems and keep batteries charged. (Utility Dive)

GRID: Rural cooperatives in Minnesota have taken a leading role in adopting clean grid technology, sometimes at a pace quicker than larger investor-owned utilities. (Energy News Network)

COAL: Despite pledges to end fossil fuel subsidies, the Biden administration has slashed royalty rates for a third coal mine this year, this one in Colorado. (E&E News)

• About 2,000 people gathered yesterday at the Minnesota Capitol to protest the Line 3 pipeline, including a group that walked 256 miles from near the pipeline site to the event. (Minnesota Reformer)
• Federal regulators warn Shell of safety problems on a 97-mile pipeline that runs through Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia to an ethane cracker plant. (Allegheny Front/WESA)

GEOTHERMAL: Microsoft is building one of the largest geothermal plants in the nation to heat and cool its new Redmond, Washington, campus and to help it reach its goal of becoming carbon negative by 2030. (Fast Company)

WIND: Dominion Energy will lease part of Virginia’s Portsmouth Marine Terminal for staging and pre-assembly of the foundation and turbines for an offshore wind project. (Associated Press)

Western lawmakers ask the Biden administration to declare a federal disaster for Western states to help mitigate the effects of drought, extreme heat and record-breaking wildfires. (NBC News)
A new study finds climate change is increasing the number of days in which heat, wind and low humidity boost fire risk across the Western U.S. (Reuters)
A Michigan agency reaches a deal with DTE Energy to purchase carbon offsets from a state forest, believed to be the first such arrangement in the country. (Michigan Radio)

Kathryn brings her extensive editorial background to the Energy News Network 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.