JOBS: As the oil and gas industry shrinks, renewable energy companies are snapping up former fossil fuels geologists and engineers. (New York Times)

• A U.S. Department of Energy draft report details where the country most urgently needs more interstate transmission capacity in preparation for new wind and solar power generation. (E&E News)
• A cybersecurity firm warns that more hackers are developing the ability to disrupt energy infrastructure, though the electric sector has strong defenses in place. (Utility Dive)

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EQUITY: The Biden administration’s race-neutral environmental justice screening tool left out many majority non-White areas even though they face high pollution risks. (Grist)

• U.S. wind and solar generating capacity grew 16% from 2021 to 2022, with red states leading the way on clean power production. (Guardian)
• A new Illinois law stripping local governments’ ability to limit or ban wind or solar power may be a model for other Midwest states, though some experts worry about the long-term divide it could create between urban and rural areas. (Inside Climate News) 

COAL: The coal sector remains responsible for an estimated 3,800 premature deaths each year due to fine particle pollution, a Sierra Club report finds. (Grist)

POLITICS: House Republicans will consider 20 bills this week that are expected to become part of their promised energy and permitting reform package. (E&E News)

• U.S. climate envoy John Kerry says he’ll stay in his role at least through this November’s COP28 climate summit. (Boston Globe)
• California, Florida and Texas top a list of U.S. states most at risk of climate-induced extreme weather and sea level rise. (Independent)

• The new electric Ford F-150 relies on aluminum mined in the Amazon and processed at a refinery accused of sickening thousands of people. (Bloomberg)
• Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt announces the state is a finalist for an electric vehicle battery plant that’s rumored to be connected with Volkswagen. (KRMG)

• Documents show Xcel Energy had a prominent role in establishing a Colorado nonprofit dedicated to fighting local and state natural gas hookup bans and other electrification-oriented building codes. (CPR)
Massachusetts has been an energy conservation leader, but climate advocates want its energy efficiency program to refocus on accelerated decarbonization. (Energy News Network)
Colorado lawmakers consider legislation that would require warranty companies to replace broken natural gas appliances with electric ones if the customer asks for the change. (Colorado Sun)

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OIL & GAS: Maryland climate advocates question the new governor’s decision to nominate a gas industry official to a utility regulation commission that oversees the fossil fuel sector. (Washington Post)

UTILITIES: American Electric Power will use the $1.2 billion in expected proceeds from the sale of its subsidiaries’ renewable energy fleet to bolster its core utility business. (Utility Dive)

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