SOLAR: Nine Senate Democrats voice opposition to bipartisan legislation that aims to re-establish solar import tariffs on Southeast Asian countries, saying the tariffs would be a “devastating blow” to the import-dependent U.S. solar industry. (The Hill)

OIL & GAS: About 1,000 natural gas peaker plants could be excluded from the U.S. EPA’s forthcoming power plant emissions rules, even though many produce pollution in low-income, urban communities. (E&E News)

CARBON CAPTURE: Forthcoming power plant emissions standards would require many fossil fuel facilities to install carbon capture, but the technology’s high cost and limited capabilities raise questions about its viability. (Utility Dive)

BUILDINGS: New York approves a new state budget that requires electrification in most new residential and commercial buildings, as well as requiring the state’s public power utility to generate only clean energy by 2030. (Buffalo Business First, The Guardian)

• A June 1 deadline for raising the nation’s debt ceiling gives lawmakers a time frame to negotiate an energy permitting reform deal. (E&E News)
• A jury finds all four defendants guilty of bribery conspiracy in a case involving former ComEd executives accused of arranging jobs, contracts and money for allies of former Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan in exchange for favorable legislation. (Chicago Sun-Times)

• Resistance to a proposed Idaho wind farm is part of a new wave of not-in-my-backyard opposition to utility-scale renewable development that threatens to delay progress toward climate goals, industry officials say. (Washington Post)
• Massachusetts kicks off its fourth and largest offshore wind contract solicitation, seeking the equivalent of more than a quarter of the state’s yearly electricity demand, or up to 3.6 GW. (Boston Globe)

• The Tennessee Valley Authority’s president says it plans to add at least 10,000 MW of solar power in the long term, even after dropping plans for one solar and battery facility because of delays and cost increases. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
• Idaho Power’s plans to build up its wind and solar capacity in coming decades are challenged by lack of transmission and storage and opposition to utility-scale renewable energy development. (Idaho Statesman)

• New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham predicts her state will emerge as a national leader in hydrogen fuel production with the help of federal funding. (Albuquerque Journal)
• While forthcoming EPA regulations would encourage fossil fuel power plants to start burning hydrogen, the fuel has a long path ahead to prove itself as a clean, safe and reliable power source. (E&E News)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: The transition to electric vehicles is creating new business opportunities for Minnesota electricians to upgrade at-home charging options for drivers. (Energy News Network)

EFFICIENCY: North Carolina lawmakers advance legislation to reorganize oversight of the state’s building code and delay any changes to improve energy efficiency in new homes until 2026. (WFAE)

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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.