BUILDINGS:
• The Biden administration partners with state and city governments to revamp building performance standards, aiming to lower bills and increase efficiency and electrification. (The Hill)
• President Biden’s green buildings push includes new efficiency standards for manufactured homes that industry representatives say will make them too costly but clean energy advocates say don’t go far enough. (Washington Post)

CLIMATE:
• The Biden administration’s No. 2 climate envoy, Jonathan Pershing, will depart the White House next month, saying he largely joined the administration to jumpstart its climate efforts. (New York Times)
• Republican governors move to address wildfires, flooding and severe storms without ever acknowledging the root cause of climate change. (Wall Street Journal)

COAL:
• The U.S. EPA develops a plan to shut down coal-fired power plants even if the Supreme Court rules against its ability to regulate those plants’ emissions. (E&E News)
• Georgia Power has spent years pushing an elaborate argument for why it should be allowed to store coal ash in existing ponds despite the risk to surrounding communities’ water supplies, newly reported documents show. (ProPublica)
• Striking coal miners blame the involvement of private-equity firms for changing collective-bargaining obligations at an Alabama coal company during its bankruptcy. (New York Magazine)

SOLAR:
• U.S. solar manufacturers push the federal government to incentivize buying American-made panels and components. (E&E News)
Energy experts say California’s proposal to slash payments for rooftop solar would force grid operators to rely more on natural gas-fired power. (New York Times)
• Massachusetts’ public utilities department recently approved a massive solar incentive program increase, but advocates say the amount of time it took officials to get there bodes poorly for future solar policies. (Boston Globe)

CLEAN ENERGY: Analysts predict wind and solar costs will increase through 2022 due to supply chain constraints, but ultimately fall throughout the next decade. (Utility Dive)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• As several states move to electrify fleets and other heavy-duty vehicles, advocates push them to also address vehicle pollution’s effects on environmental justice communities. (Inside Climate News)
• Federal electric vehicle tax credits that remain in limbo after stalled progress on President Biden’s Build Back Better plan creates demand uncertainty for producers like Rivian, experts say. (Journal Gazette)
• Winnebago unveils its electric camper van concept, which includes a battery with a 125-mile range that can power the van interior appliances. (Car and Driver)

PIPELINES: Documents show Enbridge has used a tracking system to identify Indigenous-led groups that pose a challenge to the company’s construction plans along Line 3 and Line 5 pipeline routes. (The Intercept)

OIL & GAS:
• A House committee expands its investigation into how fossil fuel companies may have misled the public about their roles in exacerbating climate change. (Washington Post)
• Aerial surveys find 30 Permian Basin oil and gas facilities together emit more than 100,000 metric tons of methane each year. (Reuters)

EFFICIENCY: Energy efficient light bulbs save consumers money over time, but inefficient bulbs with lower initial costs live on at discount stores in poorer areas. (New York Times)

UTILITY BILLS: A pair of Democratic lawmakers introduce legislation to expand access to the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. (Berkshire Eagle)

Kathryn Krawczyk

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.