CLIMATE: Indigenous activists arrive in Washington, D.C., for a week of protests demanding the Biden administration take quick and major action to combat the climate crisis. (Washington Post)

ALSO:
• President Biden faces increasing pressure to pass Democrats’ reconciliation bill and Congress’ bipartisan infrastructure bill before the COP26 conference, where he’ll attempt to push other countries to take bold climate action. (The Hill, New York Times)
A new report issued by a nonprofit finds flooding exacerbated by the climate crisis severely threatens about a quarter of America’s critical infrastructure. (Bloomberg)

SOLAR:
• The U.S. Energy Department sets a goal of installing enough community solar to power 5 million homes by 2025, helping give low-income people access to clean energy without the need for large personal investments. (The Hill)
• Tribal members participate in a solar installation training program on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Reservation in hopes of helping their communities transition to clean energy and promote energy independence. (ABC News)
• Coal communities increasingly consider installing solar arrays as the Appalachian Regional Commission funds a major regional solar financing program and a company plans a 200 MW solar farm in eastern Kentucky. (Ohio Valley ReSource)
• Minnesota solar industry leaders want stricter state oversight of residential solar contractors after recent bankruptcies by out-of-state companies left dozens of homeowners with unfinished projects. (Energy News Network)

FINANCE: Jigar Shah, the head of the U.S. Energy Department’s loans office, discusses how the program plans to use its $44 billion in funding to accelerate clean energy deployment. (Bloomberg)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
Automakers are intensely lobbying to get their priorities into Congress’ infrastructure measures, with many manufacturers opposing electric vehicle tax credits that would only apply to union-built vehicles. (The Hill)
• Xcel Energy and major automakers launch a pilot project in Colorado that uses day-ahead energy demand forecasts to remotely manage electric vehicle charging schedules and avoid overloading the grid. (Big Pivots)

OIL & GAS: Southern California beaches reopen after clean up crews remove a quarter-million pounds of oily sand and debris in the wake of a major offshore oil spill likely caused by a ship’s anchor  damaging the pipeline months earlier. (Los Angeles Times, Associated Press)

STORAGE: Wood Mackenzie predicts the world will install 12 GW of energy storage capacity this year, nearly triple last year’s deployment. (Utility Dive)

WIND: New York officials announce the state’s largest single offshore wind supply contract: an $86 million award that will turn Albany’s Port of Coeymans into the state’s second major turbine assembly point. (Times Union)

NUCLEAR: U.S. Senate Democrats from Western states lead an effort to impose royalties on hardrock minerals mined from public land, such as uranium, in their reconciliation bill. (Casper Star-Tribune)

COMMENTARY: Pandemic-induced supply chain issues, not climate activists and clean energy, are responsible for spiking fossil fuel prices and energy shortages, a columnist writes. (Bloomberg)