GRID: Federal and state officials press utilities to implement “grid-enhancing” technology that can better manage power flow to expand transmission capacity without new wires. (States Newsroom)

WIND: Federal officials prepare for today’s first-ever auction of offshore wind development rights in the Gulf of Mexico, with an area off Louisiana and two off Texas up for bid. (Reuters)

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE: The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling striking down race-conscious college admission policies could jeopardize environmental justice efforts that aim to curb pollution in historically marginalized communities. (States Newsroom)

• The Biden administration announces nearly $3 billion for communities to build climate-resilient infrastructure and flood mitigation projects. (Axios)
• The U.S. Department of Agriculture grants Northeast farmers impacted by July floods more time to access disaster relief funds and flexible loan repayment terms. (NHPR)
• Scientists say “ridiculously warm” water temperatures in the Gulf of Mexico resulting from climate change and this summer’s heat waves could rapidly intensify hurricanes and storms as they approach the coast. (
Indigenous people gather at a camp in Washington state to share knowledge about combating the impacts of climate change. (Associated Press)
• Some of New York City’s cooling centers stayed closed or didn’t publicize they were open during a recent heat wave, among other problems, leading to calls for more investment in the program. (City Limits)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Vietnamese electric vehicle maker VinFast now ranks behind Tesla and Toyota as the world’s third-largest automaker by market capitalization after debuting on Wall Street, as it gears up to build a North Carolina factory. (Raleigh News & Observer)

CARBON CAPTURE: A developer’s plan for a major carbon sequestration site in rural Indiana has generated fierce landowner pushback and public health concerns. (Energy News Network)

SOLAR: California advocates urge regulators to reject a proposed rule eliminating financial incentives for rooftop solar on multifamily residences, saying it would put distributed generation out of renters’ reach. (Canary Media)

UTILITIES: A provision in a Michigan regulatory case will require DTE Energy to disclose certain contributions to a dark money nonprofit advocacy group, though advocates say more could be done to improve transparency. (Planet Detroit/Energy News Network)

• A consultant suggests ways utilities can address energy equity disparities while deploying clean energy infrastructure. (Utility Dive)
• Automakers may be publicly pushing their new electric vehicles, but behind the scenes, they’re fighting federal clean fuel standards, a clean vehicle advocate writes. (National Resources Defense Council)

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