STORAGE: Companies that have spent years developing longer-range, faster-charging electric vehicle battery cells are starting to build manufacturing facilities, a major step in bringing the batteries to market. (New York Times)

ALSO: Battery prices for electric vehicles and storage are expected to rise this year for the first time since 2010. (Utility Dive)

SOLAR:
• Mid-Atlantic clean energy advocates see progress and setbacks as a long-running billing dispute over a Washington, D.C., shared solar program nears resolution, but Virginia regulators approve a monthly fee that may jeopardize a similar program. (Energy News Network)
Clean energy supporters say Illinois is embarking on a pioneering model to place solar and storage facilities at former coal plants, helping to rejuvenate jobs and revenues in areas dependent on coal generation. (Energy News Network)

UTILITIES: Clean energy advocates say the Supreme Court’s recent EPA decision heightens the importance of a 2021 Biden administration executive order requiring federal entities such as the Tennessee Valley Authority to “lead by example” in cutting carbon emissions. (Tennessee Lookout)

OIL & GAS:
New Mexico economists urge lawmakers to invest record-high oil and gas tax revenues toward diversifying the economy and preparing for the industry’s inevitable downturn. (Capital & Main)
Federal labor statistics show oil- and gas-producing states experienced the nation’s largest gross domestic product declines during the first half of the year. (Stateline)

EQUITY: A wealthy New York City neighborhood is considered disadvantaged by the state because of high pollution levels and an industrial history, underscoring the difficulty of categorizing environmental justice communities as intended. (E&E News)

CLIMATE:
• U.S. hospitals are taking up carbon neutrality goals and starting to address climate-warming emissions from other sources, such as anesthesia. (E&E News)
• As increasing natural disasters put elderly and disabled people most at risk, a California pilot program aims to train caregivers on how to respond to emergencies. (Inside Climate News)

TRANSMISSION: The Grain Belt Express transmission line developer plans to increase its capacity by 25%, enabling it to deliver 5,000 MW of power. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

BUILDINGS: A new legislative proposal could make New Jersey the latest state to codify obstructions to building electrification and fossil fuel heating system bans. (HuffPost)

WIND: Texas wind farms fall to just 8% of their potential output at a time when the state grid needs their power the most. (Bloomberg)

COMMENTARY:
• Two climate advocates outline steps U.S. cities can take to meaningfully reduce emissions now that the Supreme Court has limited the EPA’s regulatory power. (Next City)
The Biden administration’s potential approval of ConocoPhillips’ Willow drilling project in Alaska would “mock its campaign commitments to ease off on new oil leases,” two climate activists write. (Los Angeles Times)
• A journalist encourages skepticism of Amazon’s climate-friendly promises as it rolls out deals for its annual Prime Day. (Earther)

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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.