GRID: A new Audubon report backs the buildout of thousands of miles of new transmission lines “in a manner that minimizes harm to wildlife,” arguing the threats from climate change far outweigh the risks of new infrastructure. (Los Angeles Times)

ALSO: Researchers find the majority of protected raptors found dead along power lines in four Western states were killed by gunshots, not collisions or electrocutions. (Idaho Capital Sun)

SOLAR: A startup opens the nation’s first utility-scale solar panel recycling plant in Yuma, Arizona, to address a “tsunami” of waste. (Associated Press)

• A new report says the Inflation Reduction Act will dramatically cut U.S. emissions, but more action will be needed to reach net zero by 2050. (BloombergNEF)
• As Republicans promote planting a trillion trees as a climate solution, new research shows that even if forest restoration on that scale was feasible, it would have a minimal impact on global warming in the current century. (Washington Post)

• Renewable energy companies are seeing a surge of interest from young workers, but thousands more will be needed in the coming years to meet demand. (Utility Dive)
• Workforce developers in Georgia and neighboring states prepare for more than 13,000 new jobs for Hyundai’s electric vehicle and EV battery manufacturing facility and related suppliers. (Savannah Morning News)
A climate advocacy group finds Arizona added nearly 13,000 clean energy-related jobs over the past year, mostly in electric vehicle and battery manufacturing. (Cronkite News, news release)

TRANSPORTATION: Aviation startups are having some early success with small turboprop planes powered by hydrogen fuel cells, but the technology is unlikely to make a significant dent in emissions from air travel. (Canary Media)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: As former President Trump tries to capitalize on a recent report showing electric vehicles lingering on dealer lots, experts describe the situation as “a hiccup for adoption” that doesn’t necessarily indicate a long-term trend. (E&E News)

BUILDINGS: Maine has a unique opportunity to tackle its housing crisis and the climate crisis at the same time, advocates say, but it will need to be careful to manage costs and balance priorities. (Energy News Network)

OIL & GAS: The Gulf Coast’s hasty buildout of the gas export industry has fueled the U.S.’s rise to become the world’s top natural gas exporter but also exposed coastal residents to air pollution from flares and leaks. (Grist/The Lens)

COMMENTARY: California business developers say the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians’ solar-powered microgrid should be a model for improving tribal nations’ energy access and security nationwide. (San Diego Union-Tribune)

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Ken is the director of the Energy News Network at Fresh Energy and is a founding editor of both Midwest Energy News and Southeast Energy News. Prior to joining Fresh Energy, he was the managing editor for online news at Minnesota Public Radio. He started his journalism career in 2002 as a copy editor for the Duluth News Tribune before spending five years at the Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington, where he worked as a copy editor, online producer, features editor and night city editor. A Nebraska native, Ken has a bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a master's degree from the University of Oregon. He is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors.