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CLIMATE: A White House report outlines climate change’s potential impact on the federal budget, concluding that floods, droughts, wildfires and hurricanes could cost the U.S. $2 trillion each year by 2100. (CNBC)

ALSO: As Pennsylvania officials fight over the state’s entrance into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, experts debate whether the pact is doing enough to curb carbon emissions while keeping energy prices low. (E&E News)

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SOLAR:
• The biggest U.S. solar trade group says a federal investigation of solar panel imports from southeast Asia has jeopardized the supply chain and plunged the industry into its “most serious crisis” ever, while a company that called for the probe dismisses the claims. (E&E News)
• Duke Energy asks North Carolina regulators for approval to procure 1,300 MW of new solar capacity in the state and South Carolina. (Daily Energy Insider)
A Colorado farm with crops planted among solar panels plans to offer classes to expand agrivoltaics around the state. (Colorado Sun) 

GRID:
An analysis finds weather-triggered power outages have increased in duration and frequency across the U.S. over the past several years, due in part to storms worsened by climate change. (Associated Press)
New York’s grid operator has 12 GW of energy storage projects in its interconnection queue, double what it needs to meet its 2030 storage goal. (Energy Storage News)

STORAGE: Rising lithium prices underscore the need to develop alternative battery storage technologies and diversify from lithium-ion models, experts say. (Utility Dive)

CLEAN ENERGY: Tribal nations increasingly develop renewable energy projects on their lands to create jobs and build energy sovereignty. (InvestigateWest) 

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• A top House Democrat says the U.S. Postal Service relied on a “faulty” analysis when deciding to replace its fleet with gasoline-powered vehicles, pledging to continue fighting the USPS’s purchase. (Bloomberg, Washington Post)
• Electric truck startup Rivian says it’s on track to achieve its production target of 25,000 vehicles this year at its Normal, Illinois, factory. (Reuters)

HYDROGEN: The U.S. Department of Energy funds a project to explore converting an Alabama natural gas plant to produce, store and run on hydrogen. (Utility Dive)

OIL & GAS: An oil company wants to sell credits in California’s transportation carbon market to finance construction of a Texas carbon-capture plant, which would pump carbon into aging oil fields to squeeze out more petroleum. (Inside Climate News)

CRYPTOCURRENCY: Concerned with cryptocurrency’s energy-hungry nature, New York legislators introduce what appears to be the country’s first moratorium on new air permits for cryptomining operations. (Popular Science)

CYBERSECURITY: Experts say the Biden administration’s move to release the identities of alleged Russian cybersecurity hackers of a Kansas nuclear plant is unique and escalates tensions between the two countries. (Flatland)

COMMENTARY: An editorial board points out action items in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s latest report, saying it’s actually possible to implement cleaner energy and prevent the worst of global warming. (Washington Post)

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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.