OIL & GAS: The Biden administration considers using the nation’s strategic oil reserve to put a partial floor and ceiling on oil prices, but some question if it can appease consumers with lower gas prices and still encourage electric vehicle adoption. (Guardian)

Black and Latino Texas residents surrounded by oil and gas infrastructure and Appalachians in the path of the Mountain Valley Pipeline say they feel like collateral damage in Democrats’ passage of landmark climate legislation. (Washington Post, Guardian)
More than 2 million Californians, mostly poor people of color, live within one mile of an oil and gas well, putting them at risk for health problems. (Inside Climate News)
• As hurricane season approaches, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm encourages refiners to build up U.S. inventories instead of increasing exports. (The Hill)

CLEAN ENERGY: Provisions in the Inflation Reduction Act that make tax-exempt entities eligible for direct-pay refunds on clean energy tax credits is an “absolute game-changer” for tribal governments, an advocate says. (Tribal Business News)

COAL ASH: Southeast utilities are moving hundreds of millions of tons of coal ash to lined landfills, creating a nationwide model for potentially safer storage while frustrating residents who want the ash gone altogether. (Energy News Network/Chicago Investigative Project) 

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Rising material costs and criteria for new federal incentives further strain automakers as they ramp up electric vehicle manufacturing. (CNBC)

New research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology suggests aluminum-sulfur batteries might have the capabilities needed to replace more expensive lithium-ion models. (Tech Times)
Xcel Energy begins testing a liquid metal battery at a solar research laboratory in Colorado. (Energy Storage News)  

GRID: A private equity firm and a startup partner to build efficient transmission lines at no upfront cost; they’ll pay themselves back with cost savings of increasing transmission capacity while cutting line losses in half. (Utility Dive)

WIND: Developers of the first Great Lakes offshore wind project have a “new lease on life” as they revamp the project after a favorable ruling this month from the Ohio Supreme Court. (Cleveland.com)

SOLAR: Partnerships between utilities, nonprofits, lenders and developers are helping bring community solar installations to low-income residents around the U.S. (GreenBiz)

CARBON CAPTURE: The federal Bureau of Land Management approves the first carbon dioxide sequestration project on public land at an ExxonMobil natural gas field in Wyoming. (Billings Gazette)

• The vast majority of Americans underestimate the portion of residents who want climate action, with most guessing around 40% want to see action when it’s more like 66-80%. (Grist)
• Climate experts recommend the U.S. update its nutrition guidelines and swap meat and dairy with plant-based proteins. (Guardian)

EFFICIENCY: North Carolina’s most energy-burdened residents stand to benefit from $100 million in federal and state state funding for energy-saving home improvements. (Energy News Network)

COMMENTARY: The director of the Clean Air Task Force calls for a reformed accounting system that would encourage corporate energy buyers to decarbonize. (GreenBiz)

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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.