COAL: New federal rules would regulate coal plant wastewater for the first time and could hasten U.S. plant closures, though implementation delays and a loophole for contamination that seeps from unlined coal ash ponds could weaken the plan. (Energy News Network)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• One in five electric vehicle drivers say they were recently unable to charge their cars at a public station because it was broken, highlighting an unreliable system that observers say is deterring potential EV buyers. (Washington Post, Politico)
• Companies searching for large, contiguous properties for electric vehicles and other advanced manufacturing projects are confronting limited site options in the U.S. (Reuters)
• The electric vehicle charging industry may need to establish standards around power consumption to minimize grid impacts, a report details. (Utility Dive)
• While development and adoption of electric school buses has been slow so far, billions of dollars of federal funding is set to accelerate deployment. (Bloomberg)
• A report highlights the most electric vehicle-friendly U.S. metro areas, taking into account public charger availability and electricity prices. (Utility Dive)


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OVERSIGHT:
• The U.S. EPA is likely to use its proposed tailpipe emissions rules as a model for new power plant emissions regulations in the coming months. (E&E News)
• The Biden administration prepares to update its regulatory review process to better consider equity and affected groups, including as it considers power plant emissions rules. (Utility Dive)

EMISSIONS: President Biden’s proposed U.S. vehicle emissions standard could be a consequential part of his climate legacy, though the proposal relies on automakers and consumers to embrace electric vehicles. (Inside Climate News)

FOSSIL FUELS:
• Record profits, not green goals, are likely why the world’s top banks lent significantly less money to fossil fuel companies last year than in years before, environmental groups say. (Inside Climate News)
• U.S. lawmakers pursuing tough-on-China legislation have largely turned a blind eye to liquefied natural gas exporters that are relying on Chinese contracts to secure financing for new export terminals. (Politico)
• An advocacy group finds oil and gas companies have used toxic PFAS, or “forever chemicals,” to hydraulically fracture New Mexico wells since at least 2013. (NM Political Report)

SOLAR: A Utah startup aims to tackle a solar construction industry labor shortage with its autonomous robotic utility-scale photovoltaic installer. (PV Magazine)

STORAGE: An independent congressional watchdog suggests the government and energy storage industry create standards for grid integration, establish incentives, and take other steps to help the sector succeed. (Utility Dive)

GRID: ISO New England says power demand hit its lowest-ever recorded level during the April 9 Easter holiday, a day that traditionally sees the lowest usage of the year because of celebrations, mild weather and increased behind-the-meter solar generation. (RTO Insider, subscription; news release)


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LITHIUM: A federal judge adopts a stricter interpretation of federal mining law, potentially boosting environmentalists’ efforts to block the Thacker Pass lithium mine in Nevada. (Associated Press)

CLEAN ENERGY: Although Vermont aims for more clean energy, tensions flare in some Vermont towns where large clean energy projects are planned, begging the question of how the state should get its clean power. (Seven Days)

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