EFFICIENCY: Utilities’ efforts to help customers make energy efficient improvements that reduce their power consumption and bills have “stagnated,” an energy efficiency group says. (Utility Dive)

ALSO: New materials and equipment can lower a home’s cooling costs and emissions, but Florida homebuilders concerned about profit margins don’t usually use them. (Miami Herald)

• A “dystopian” summer of extreme heat, deadly wildfires and record-breaking flooding could become the new normal as climate change escalates, experts warn. (Guardian)
• Hawaii’s wildfires are leading home insurers to reconsider the state’s vulnerability to climate change, which has already prompted some insurers to pull out of California and Florida. (New York Times)

• Falling oil and natural gas prices likely won’t slow the long-term deployment of renewable energy, analysts say. (Utility Dive)
• The world is on pace to add 107 GW of new renewable energy capacity this year, bringing total global generation capacity to 440 GW. (Canary Media)

• U.S. gasoline prices are rising despite record domestic oil production, highlighting the nature of global energy markets despite Republican criticisms of the Biden administration’s energy policies. (Politico)
• Louisiana’s attorney general teams up with Chevron and an oil-and-gas lobbying firm to sue the Biden administration, saying its Gulf of Mexico oil and gas lease sale should be larger. (NOLA.com)

GEOTHERMAL: Geothermal companies look to unlock the Earth’s heat as a clean energy source, and are repurposing drilling rigs and other fossil fuel equipment to access it. (New York Times)

JOBS: “People aren’t entering the trades the way they used to”: Clean energy installers warn a shortage of electricians and other skilled workers in New England could severely hamper efforts to decarbonize. (Valley News)

Hawaiian Electric acknowledges its equipment sparked a wildfire in Maui, but claims the blaze that leveled Lahaina ignited hours after the utility had de-energized its lines. (Honolulu Star-Advertiser)
An analysis of videos and images finds Hawaiian Electric lines near the deadly Maui wildfire’s ignition point were uninsulated, enabling them to spark on contact with dry grasses. (Associated Press)

• Mountain Valley Pipeline opponents gather in West Virginia to organize for another push against the long-delayed project. (WDBJ)
• Federal regulators are developing new pipeline safety rules, five years after a series of gas explosions in Massachusetts killed one person and damaged or destroyed more than 130 properties. (CBS Boston) 

LITHIUM: Frontline communities in southern California’s “Lithium Valley” welcome the burgeoning industry’s economic benefits, but worry about potential environmental impacts to the Salton Sea. (Inside Climate News)

SOLAR: A Minnesota pilot project explores how farmers and developers can partner to grow vegetable crops alongside solar projects. (KARE)

EQUITY: New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu and other Republicans oppose the creation of an environmental justice position at grid operator ISO-New England, warning it could “compel progressive societal change.” (NHPR)

COMMENTARY: A pipeline safety advocate says hydrogen fuel’s negligible climate benefits are not worth the risks of piping the leak-prone, flammable gas through populated areas. (CalMatters)

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