ELECTRIC VEHICLES: The transition to electric vehicles is leaving some workers and communities behind as automakers and suppliers downsize production for gas-powered vehicles. (Washington Post)

ALSO:
• A third of Americans would consider buying an electric vehicle for their next car, while 31% ruled it out in a Reuters/Ipsos poll. (Reuters)
• Federal lawmakers propose a $1,500 tax credit for e-bike buyers. (ABC News)
• Foxconn will soon begin producing electric tractors at a manufacturing site in Lordstown, Ohio. (Farm Progress)


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HEAT PUMPS: Contractors often propose far bigger heat pump projects than customers need for their homes, turning the electrification projects “wildly unaffordable,” an efficiency consultant says. (Canary Media)

CLEAN ENERGY:
• The Department of Energy releases blueprints for bringing advanced nuclear, clean hydrogen and long-duration energy storage technologies to market. (E&E News)
• The Biden administration prepares to determine how much American-made equipment must be included in a clean energy project for it to qualify for additional tax credits. (Bloomberg)

CLIMATE:
• A graphic in the United Nations’ latest climate report shows how average temperatures have dramatically warmed as baby boomers and Gen Xers have aged, and how they’ll continue to warm as recently born children grow. (Washington Post)
• The White House is making the case for leveraging the ocean to fight climate change, including by sequestering carbon in the ocean floor, decarbonizing the shipping industry, and building out offshore wind. (Inside Climate News)

GRID:
• The United Nations’ climate report details how demand-side management technologies could reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the electric sector. (Utility Dive)
• The founder of a long-duration energy storage company says grid operators should properly value electricity that is stored and ready to dispatch during high demand periods. (S&P Global)

SOLAR: A video shows how a Texas startup breaks down old solar panels and extracts their recyclable components to make new panels. (Canary Media)

OIL & GAS:
Advocates push back against new Utah laws increasing penalties for “inhibiting or impeding” critical infrastructure such as fossil fuel facilities. (Grist)
• An energy company announces it will move forward with construction of a $13 billion liquefied natural gas facility on the the Texas Gulf Coast. (Houston Chronicle)

COAL:
• The conclusion of a nearly two-year strike by Alabama coal miners demonstrates how the industry’s decline and a general lack of job opportunities in coal country has left even well-organized workers with little leverage. (Grist)
• New England’s last active coal plant has failed to qualify for the 2026-2027 regional grid capacity auction, potentially signaling the facility’s end is near. (CommonWealth Magazine) 

CARBON CAPTURE: A federal pipeline regulator tells Iowa lawmakers that carbon capture pipelines are safe, but they do carry some risks of leaking. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

COMMENTARY:
• An environmental justice advocate recommends ways the Biden administration can prioritize climate spending in disadvantaged communities, including through application and technical support. (Reuters)
• A reporter’s trip to several Asian cities finds heat pumps are already ubiquitous there, even as they’re treated like a novelty in the U.S. (Canary Media)
• Congress should uphold President Biden’s veto of legislation to restrict the government from considering environmental impacts in pension decisions, writes an editorial board. (NOLA.com)

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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.