RENEWABLES: The Biden administration wants to expand offshore wind energy capacity by 30 GW by 2030, starting with a lease auction later this year for plots between New York and New Jersey. (Reuters)

ALSO:
Wind and solar generation spiked 15% last year, an analysis shows, but it’s so far not enough to replace coal as the world’s power demand keeps growing. (Axios)
• A flurry of large project proposals in Ohio could help solar challenge nuclear power in the coming years as the state’s third-largest source of generation. (Energy News Network)

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COAL:
• A series of legislative proposals in coal-producing states would make it harder to close coal plants and slow the transition to clean energy. (Bloomberg)
• Doctors hired by coal companies are less likely to diagnose black lung disease from X-rays than independent or miner-hired doctors, according to a new study with implications for a disease that is resurgent across central Appalachia. (Ohio Valley ReSource)

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE: The “father of environmental justice” and a prominent Flint, Michigan, organizer are among advocates named to the White House’s new Environmental Justice Advisory Council. (The Hill)

EMISSIONS: Research suggests the U.S. oil and gas industry is producing far more methane emissions than the EPA estimates. (E&E News, subscription)

CARBON CAPTURE:
• President Biden’s forthcoming carbon bank proposal would pay farmers and agricultural companies to plant crops that absorb carbon, but the industry is still wary of getting onboard. (Politico)
• Canadian e-shopping company Shopify will pay a Texas company to pull 10,000 metric tons of carbon out of the atmosphere at a sprawling “direct air capture” facility. (Grist)

PIPELINES: Twenty-six people were arrested last week at a Line 3 pipeline protest in Minnesota, including some who were allegedly trespassing on private property. (Detroit Lakes Tribune)

NUCLEAR: New Mexico sues the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission over a proposed nuclear waste repository, saying the agency is overstepping its authority and citing risks to nearby oil and gas production. (Albuquerque Journal, Carlsbad Current-Argus)

UTILITIES:
• The Texas state Senate unanimously passes a bill to require weatherization of power plants and additional transparency around blackouts that includes a state alert system. (Texas Tribune, The Eagle)
• Millions in the U.S. are at risk of losing electricity as restrictions on power disconnections during the winter and COVID-19 pandemic are set to expire this month in more than a dozen states. (NPR)

STORAGE: Long duration energy storage could see major growth as costs decline and more intermittent renewables come online. (Bloomberg)

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OVERSIGHT: The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy will investigate the Trump administration’s alleged interference in scientific decisions, including research related to climate change. (New York Times)

COMMENTARY:
• Descendants of FDR and his Cabinet encourage President Biden to initiate a “New Deal-scale” public jobs program, with a focus on “21st century climate challenges.” (Common Dreams)
• Buying an electric vehicle can reduce one’s “personal carbon footprint,” but to really make a dent in climate change, the world needs “safe and sustainable” transportation for all, a climate reporter argues. (Washington Post)
• “Industry-wide, global data standards” are needed to track renewable energy production and quantify progress toward decarbonization, the CEO of a renewable energy tracking company writes. (Utility Dive)

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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.