SOLAR: Agrivoltaics are at a “watershed moment,” experts say, as governments, developers, farmers and landowners increasingly see the benefits of blending solar and agriculture to avoid land use conflicts and generate extra income. (Utility Dive)

ALSO: Advocates, industry and federal land managers work to balance ecosystem protection with clean energy generation when siting and developing utility-scale solar in the desert Southwest. (Los Angeles Times)  

• The U.S. Transportation Department announces $1.7 billion in grants that will let state and local governments buy 1,700 U.S.-made zero- and low-emissions school and public transit buses. (Associated Press)
• Ohio-based electric vehicle startup Lordstown Motors files for bankruptcy and sues its former partner Foxconn, accusing the company of fraud and not following through on promises to invest. (CNN)

• The wife of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito owns a plot of land that’s being leased for oil and gas production, but Alito hasn’t recused himself from recent cases with major implications for drillers. (Intercept)
• The growing U.S. reliance on natural gas for electricity is becoming a vulnerability, experts say, as many power plants lack weatherization, rely on a single pipeline for supply, and can’t burn alternative fuels. (Bloomberg)

• Large industrial companies operating in red states where lawmakers have sought to crack down on environmental, social and governance investment policies still find that ESG practices are good for business. (NPR)
• Extreme heat will drive as much as $1 billion in health care-related costs across the U.S. this summer, a new report estimates. (Grist)
• Experts suggest rapid warming in the Arctic could be fueling hotter temperatures around the world, including the ongoing Texas heat wave. (E&E News)
• As major insurers make high-profile exits from Florida and California, reinsurance companies are also pulling away from areas at risk of flooding, wildfires and hurricanes. (The Hill)

GRID: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to spend up to $5 billion to repair Puerto Rico’s existing fossil fuel power plants and infrastructure, helping shore up the island’s power grid but potentially delaying its clean energy transition. (E&E News)

EMISSIONS: Global greenhouse gas emissions from the energy industry continued to grow in 2022 from the year before, with fossil fuels making up 82% of the world’s total energy consumption despite record growth in renewables. (Guardian)

COAL: Coal miners and their allies pushing the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration to crack down on silica dust that causes black lung disease say their calls have gone unanswered. (Grist)

BUILDINGS: North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper says he is frustrated by “short-sighted” legislation that would block a state building energy code update until 2031, but he stopped short of promising a veto. (Energy News Network)

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