CLIMATE: Duke Energy submits an “all of the above” plan with four scenarios to meet North Carolina’s requirement to cut emissions 70% by 2030, with two pushing that deadline to 2034; advocates say Duke’s plan relies too much on natural gas and will submit alternatives. (Raleigh News & Observer) 

GRID:
• ERCOT and Texas regulators are expected to hold a news conference today to discuss a reliability report projecting ample generation to meet summer demand, days after issuing a conservation warning when 2.9 GW of generation went offline. (The Texan)
• ERCOT extends a warning on emergency conditions through Friday, asking generators to avoid planned outages amid persistent hot weather. (Houston Chronicle)
• The growth of cryptocurrency data centers continue to pose a challenge to Texas grid infrastructure, but some operators want to help manage demand. (Houston Chronicle)

OVERSIGHT: Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin announces four appointments to the state’s Air Pollution Control Board, which this summer is expected to take up his resolution to withdraw Virginia from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. (Virginia Mercury)

NATURAL GAS: A Louisiana company signs a deal to export natural gas to Europe, part of a string of recent deals as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine disrupts supplies. (The Advocate, subscription)

COAL: A federal investigation finds a coal mine operator is responsible for the January death of a mine worker after a tree fell on the pickup truck he was driving. (Lexington Herald Leader)

TRANSPORTATION: A Florida transit agency says its ridership is up 6% over last year, which it attributes to higher gasoline prices. (Spectrum News)

HYDROPOWER: A Kentucky college is planning to build a second hydroelectric plant on an existing dam; the two facilities will offset all of the college’s electricity use. (WYMT)

SOLAR:
• A Georgia TV station records sales representatives making false promises to prospective rooftop solar customers. (Fox 5 Atlanta)
• Officials in a Georgia county commemorate the completion of a 68 MW solar project. (WMAZ)

EQUITY: The new leader of an Atlanta nonprofit says his focus will be on reducing energy poverty. (WABE)

COMMENTARY: A Georgia doctor says electric buses can help improve kids’ performance in school, citing research on the harms of diesel exhaust. (Georgia Recorder)

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Ken Paulman

Ken is the director of the Energy News Network at Fresh Energy and is a founding editor of both Midwest Energy News and Southeast Energy News. Prior to joining Fresh Energy, he was the managing editor for online news at Minnesota Public Radio. He started his journalism career in 2002 as a copy editor for the Duluth News Tribune before spending five years at the Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington, where he worked as a copy editor, online producer, features editor and night city editor. A Nebraska native, Ken has a bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a master's degree from the University of Oregon. He is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors.