NUCLEAR: Utility and union officials say the Biden administration’s last-minute effort to save troubled nuclear power plants came too late for Michigan’s Palisades and California’s Diablo Canyon facilities. (E&E News)

SOLAR:
• Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis vetoes a utility-backed bill that would have phased out net-metering for residential solar customers and allowed utilities to impose steep fees on customers who generate their own power. (Miami Herald)
• A half-built solar farm on a former Pennsylvania coal mine foreshadows the U.S. solar industry’s future, solar developers say, if a federal probe of solar imports further disrupts the supply chain. (Bloomberg)
• A solar lending program offers an affordable option for low-income Massachusetts and Rhode Island residents, who still face a barrier from upfront costs to buy solar panels despite incentives. (Energy News Network)

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CLIMATE:
• Humanity has altered 70% of the Earth’s land, putting the planet on “crisis footing” and desperately in need of land restoration to fend off climate change’s effects, a United Nations report finds. (Inside Climate News)
• Wildfires last year burned enough global tree cover to nearly cover the state of Oregon, releasing a massive amount of greenhouse gases as well. (Washington Post)
• Climate change will exacerbate virus transfer between mammal species, increasing the odds of more pandemics, scientists find. (New York Times)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Rapid deployment of electric vehicles in the U.S. will miss its full emissions-slashing potential if it’s not paired with more ambitious clean power deployment, a report warns. (Axios)
Completely electrifying New York City’s public bus fleet will require as much power as it takes to supply nearly 200,000 homes. (The City)

OIL & GAS:
• The U.S. Department of Energy allows additional exports of liquefied natural gas from planned terminals in Texas and Louisiana. (Washington Post)
• Federal Democrats say they’re working on a bipartisan package to address high gasoline prices. (E&E News)
• A worker shortage is preventing Permian Basin oil drillers from ramping up production to take advantage of high prices. (Wall Street Journal)

GRID:
• The federal Energy Department invites states and tribes to apply for $2.5 billion in grants for grid-hardening initiatives. (news release)
• Grid operator MISO proposes improvements to the generation retirement process as stakeholders call for more transparency that could help avoid future capacity shortfalls. (S&P Global)
• Politics, tribal laws and federal red tape slow efforts to bring electricity to homes in a Navajo Nation community in Utah. (Salt Lake Tribune)  

COAL: Amid a coal boom, one of the U.S.’s biggest coal companies is setting aside profits to prepare for its eventual shutdown. (E&E News)

WIND: The Biden administration seeks feedback on potential offshore wind auctions in the waters off Oregon and Mid-Atlantic states. (E&E News)

COMMENTARY: In lifting the federal oil and gas leasing pause, the Biden administration ended an ineffectual moratorium and repaired a dysfunctional system in the process, a journalist argues. (High Country News)

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Kathryn Krawczyk

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.