GEOTHERMAL: A Department of Energy program explores repurposing old oil and gas wells to extract geothermal energy, with one pilot program using wells to heat an Oklahoma school. (Vox)

• Climate and environmental justice advocates say the White House Council on Environmental Quality lacks the staff and funding it needs to accomplish President Biden’s ambitious climate goals. (E&E News)
• The Biden administration plans to highlight its clean energy accomplishments and provide an update on its efforts to fight HFC emissions this week ahead of Earth Day. (The Hill)
• U.S. insurance companies operating in California invested more than $536 billion in fossil fuel interests in 2019 even as they paid damages for climate change-exacerbated weather events, a report finds. (E&E News)
• As the Gulf of Maine warms faster than much of the rest of the ocean, some Maine fishing industry workers turn to kelp farming to both make a profit and sequester carbon. (Fast Company)

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NUCLEAR: Utilities and startups seek support from lawmakers and regulators as they look to build small modular nuclear reactors in or near former coal-fired power plants. (Wall Street Journal)

Solar advocates say a “program-killing” monthly fee proposed for participants in a Dominion Energy shared solar program would prevent Virginia apartment residents from receiving financial benefits of solar power. (Energy News Network)
New Mexico officials say a federal probe of Asian solar imports is prompting delays and cancellations of utility-scale and residential projects. (Albuquerque Journal)

BUILDINGS: A 60-story skyscraper planned for New York City is set to be the metropolis’ largest completely electric building. (CNN)

MINING: A report finds most U.S. cobalt, lithium and nickel deposits are located within 35 miles of tribal reservations. (E&E News, subscription)

• The Department of Energy makes its first advanced vehicle technology loan in a decade, providing $107 million to a Louisiana facility producing a critical electric vehicle battery material. (Canary Media)
• New Hampshire regulators will allow utilities to temporarily but heavily discount their electric vehicle charging demand rates to encourage further charging infrastructure construction. (PV Magazine)
A Colorado airport fuels commercial and private jets with fat-derived biofuel blended with traditional jet kerosene, cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 25%. (Colorado Sun)

Democrats from oil and gas-reliant New Mexico advise the Biden administration not to pit fossil fuels against renewable energy if the party hopes to retain power. (Politico)
The U.S. Supreme Court rejects pipeline operator Spire’s appeal of a lower court ruling that could eventually close a St. Louis-area natural gas pipeline as federal regulators reconsider the project. (Associated Press)
National Grid wants to meet Massachusetts’ decarbonization goals mainly by switching to renewable natural gas, but a clean energy advocacy group calls that plan “a false solution” to the climate crisis. (WBUR)

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