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CONGRESS: Clean energy stakeholders hope federal lawmakers will use a now-open window in its calendar to pass clean energy tax breaks that could curb high energy prices and reduce delays and cancellations of ongoing projects. (Utility Dive)

ALSO: Clean energy advocates tell congressional lawmakers they need to quickly pass incentives to boost energy efficiency, meet climate goals and ensure an equitable transition. (Utility Dive)

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MINING: President Biden’s order expanding clean energy mineral production doesn’t address federal environmental permitting, which industry experts say is the biggest impediment to faster mining. (E&E News)

TRANSPORTATION:
• An electrification advocacy group says building out electric vehicle charging stations in rural areas will both drive and stem from EV adoption in those places. (Daily Yonder)
• A startup looking to build electric pleasure boats is testing its first product and gaining investor interest. (Bloomberg)

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE:
• Activists in a cluster of low-income, mostly Black neighborhoods in the largest U.S. city to rely 100% on groundwater seek to protect the aquifer against coal ash, pipelines and other potentially toxic contamination. (The Guardian)
• The U.S. EPA investigates whether Louisiana discriminated against Black residents in connection with air pollution from planned and existing industrial plants. (Associated Press)

CLEAN ENERGY:
• Wind and solar have contributed more than a third of the power on the Texas grid so far in 2022, with solar alone generating 85% more power than in the same period last year. (Houston Chronicle)
• A Minneapolis workforce training program that started at the beginning of the pandemic provides free job training in clean energy careers with an emphasis on recruiting people of color. (Energy News Network)
• Thousands of Colorado residents enroll in a state community solar power initiative after regulators reject Xcel Energy’s request to pause the program. (Colorado Sun)

HYDROPOWER: Drought-diminished water levels have cut Glen Canyon Dam’s hydroelectricity generating capacity in half since the 1990s and could halt power production altogether within a couple of years. (High Country News) 

GRID: Power has been largely restored to Puerto Rico’s 1.5 million residents after an island-wide outage began Wednesday. (New York Times)

CLIMATE:
• Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan opts to allow a major climate bill that incorporates significant building and transportation electrification policies to become law without his signature. (Maryland Matters)
• The United Nations recommends countries install low-cost early warning systems to alert residents about extreme weather that could worsen with climate change. (New York Times)

PIPELINES: Federal regulators approve Mountain Valley Pipeline’s request to tunnel beneath 180 streams and wetlands, though the long-delayed project still lacks other key permits. (Roanoke Times)

OIL & GAS: New Mexico’s oil and gas officials say drilling activity has not yet reached pre-pandemic rates in spite of high prices because companies are returning profits to shareholders instead of investing in new projects. (Capital & Main)

BIOMASS: A North Carolina power plant that generates power from poultry waste and wood chips and has been fined for repeatedly exceeding allowable gas emissions seeks a permit to restart operations after it shut down in 2020. (Inside Climate 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.