MATERIALS:
• An aggressive and coordinated effort by the government and private sectors is needed, experts say, to improve recycling options before millions of solar panels, lithium-ion batteries and wind turbines are decommissioned in the coming decades. (Canary Media)
• Five startups across the U.S. are looking to make lithium-ion battery recycling more environmentally friendly, efficient, and profitable. (Canary Media)

SOLAR:
• The first three months of 2022 marked the solar industry’s weakest quarter in two years, analysts find, with supply chain constraints slowing its pace even before the Commerce Department’s imports probe began. (Utility Dive)
• Duke Energy completes a nearly 75 MW solar farm in Florida, the first of 10 planned projects in its community solar program. (PV Magazine, Renewable Energy World)

CLIMATE:
• A report finds that few countries’ climate plans address how changes will affect people with disabilities and chronic illnesses. (Grist)
• A forthcoming Supreme Court decision is likely to restrict the EPA’s authority to rein in greenhouse gas emissions and could rein in the White House’s regulatory power in other areas. (Politico)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Proposed guidelines outlining how states should use federal electric vehicle infrastructure funds prioritize making sure drivers can access speedy and reliable chargers along key highways, EV experts say. (E&E News)

UTILITIES:
Utility executives maintain that their long-term net-zero emissions targets are achievable with the help of emerging technologies and policy support. (S&P Global)
California regulators say Pacific Gas & Electric’s “excessively delayed response” enabled last year’s 963,309-acre Dixie Fire — the second largest in state history — to spread in the hours after ignition. (Los Angeles Times)

GRID:
• A weekend heat wave across Texas causes power demand to spike at 75 GW, a new record for the state grid, which appeared to hold steady without major disruptions. (Texas Tribune, KXAN)
• New York’s grid operator wants to allow aggregate distributed energy storage systems to earn capacity market compensation before the end of 2022. (PV Magazine)
• California plans to create a 5,000 MW emergency power reserve, made up mostly of natural gas generation, that can be tapped during times of extreme demand. (CBS13)

CARBON CAPTURE:
• A U.S. Energy Department leader predicts carbon capture and storage will take hold in hard-to-decarbonize industries if it receives sufficient government investment and public support. (New York Times)
• The potential use of eminent domain to build carbon capture pipelines has created an “unlikely alliance” of opposing tribes, environmental groups, farmers and ranchers. (Grist)

HYDROGEN: The U.S. Energy Department closes on a $504 million loan guarantee for a project in Utah that would produce green hydrogen, store it in underground salt caverns and use it to power a nearby converted coal power plant. (Utility Dive)

OIL & GAS:
• House Democratic leaders ask public relations firms to turn over information about their work with fossil fuel companies on climate-related ad campaigns. (Washington Post)
West Coast opposition to liquefied natural gas export terminals stymies Wyoming’s efforts to ship its natural gas overseas. (Casper Star-Tribune)

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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.