PIPELINES: The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission votes to consider climate impacts when deciding to approve pipelines, as well as landowner and environmental justice concerns. (The Hill, E&E News) 

ALSO: Construction wraps on Pennsylvania’s Mariner East gas pipeline — an environmentally destructive project that led the state attorney general to file 48 criminal charges against the builder. (WHYY)

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE:
• The Biden administration unveils an online screening tool meant to identify communities facing the worst effects of pollution. (Washington Post)
• The White House is advancing plans to create a Senate-confirmed position to lead environmental justice efforts, perhaps in the federal government’s annual spending bill. (E&E News)

WIND:
• The U.S. is on track to meet a Biden administration goal of deploying at least 30 GW of offshore wind generation by 2030, two analyses conclude. (Utility Dive)
• Eversource Energy tells investors it expects to spend up to $1 billion this year on its three offshore wind projects in the Northeast. (S&P Global)

CLIMATE: The White House still hasn’t released a promised plan to cut U.S. emissions in half by 2030, suggesting the Biden administration hasn’t entirely figured how to accomplish the goal. (E&E News)

GRID:
• Federal energy regulators request comment on dynamic line ratings as they consider mandating transmission providers use the tool to improve power flow. (RTO Insider, subscription)
• A task force of state and federal energy regulators consider plans to develop portfolios of transmission projects instead of reviewing projects on a case-by-case basis. (Utility Dive)
• Thousands of Texans turn to solar power and battery storage in the wake of mass blackouts during last year’s winter storm. (Houston Chronicle)
• Texas death counts spiked in February 2021, suggesting the state is undercounting fatalities related to that month’s winter storm. (Houston Chronicle)

FOSSIL FUELS: A California lawmakers’ bill that would create a fund to support and retrain energy transition-affected oil industry workers exposes a rift between two groups of labor unions. (CalMatters) 

HYDROGEN: Southern California Gas Co. proposes building the nation’s largest green hydrogen infrastructure system to move the fuel from wind and solar facilities to the Los Angeles Basin. (S&P Global)

UTILITIES:
• An environmental attorney says antitrust law could potentially be used to stop monopoly utilities from trying to limit distributed generation. (Grist)
• Vermont utility regulators reject a petition by the state’s largest private employer to form and manage its own electric utility — a move advocates warned would exempt the company from state climate laws. (VTDigger)

CRYPTOCURRENCY: A Montana coal plant’s greenhouse gas emissions increase dramatically after a cryptocurrency mining firm sets up shop nearby to purchase all of the plant’s power. (Guardian)

NUCLEAR: Western utilities hoping to build a small modular nuclear reactor facility in Idaho dispute a think tank’s study suggesting the reactors are too expensive and risky. (Associated Press)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Nissan announces it will invest half a billion dollars into a Mississippi plant that will start making two new electric vehicle models in 2025. (Associated Press)

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