GRID: The Department of Energy is offering $300 million in grants for states, tribal nations and local governments to streamline siting and permitting processes for transmission lines. (Utility Dive)

The U.S. Energy Department awards Hawaiian Electric $95 million in the wake of the deadly Maui blaze to harden the power grid against wildfires and extreme weather. (Reuters)
• Texas begins a “virtual power plant” program with clusters of Tesla Powerwall customers in Houston and Dallas. (Canary Media)

• Ørsted says supply chain issues and other delays to its New Jersey offshore wind project will cost the company more than $2 billion, but it does not plan to exit its contract. (New York Times)
• An Iowa utility reports that more than half of its electricity delivered to customers last year came from wind energy. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

LITHIUM: A study finds an extinct volcano in northern Nevada and southern Oregon may contain the world’s largest lithium deposit in a form that is relatively environmentally friendly to extract. (Popular Science)

SOLAR: A utility serving customers in southwestern Michigan reaches its cap for a distributed generation program, limiting future residential solar customers to “unfair” compensation rates that critics say will halt projects. (Energy News Network)

COAL: A California company restarts a West Virginia coal-fired power plant that had been scheduled for deactivation, with plans to invest $800 million to retrofit the facility to use hydrogen. (Associated Press)

NUCLEAR: Georgia Power announces a deal to charge residential customers $7.56 billion more to pay for construction costs of the over-budget Plant Vogtle expansion. (Associated Press)

As insurance companies exit states increasingly prone to climate-fueled disasters, the banking industry braces for the impact. (The Hill)
An analysis finds corporate profits would plummet by trillions of dollars if companies were held liable for their impacts on climate change. (Grist)

General Motors says all of its electric vehicle batteries will be bidirectional by 2026, meaning they can be used as an energy storage resource for the grid. (Environment + Energy Leader)
Nissan is recycling used Nissan Leaf batteries into portable power stations, but is not yet selling the product outside Japan. (Associated Press)
Duke Energy partners with Ford, General Motors and BMW to roll out a flat fee residential charging subscription pilot program in North Carolina beginning in November. (Utility Dive)

• A law professor says if a climate lawsuit is filed in Pennsylvania, it “would go substantially beyond anything the Montana case accomplished.” (PennLive)
• The emergence of long-duration storage systems will fill in recurring gaps in wind and solar power generation and transform power production in places like Texas, writes an energy columnist. (Triple Pundit)

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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.