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GRID: A study in Minnesota finds that burying transmission and broadband lines in existing highway right-of-ways could accelerate a nationwide grid buildout. (E&E News)

ALSO:
• A Colorado power line project exemplifies how transmission buildouts aimed at facilitating wind and solar development are often held up by recalcitrant landowners and wildlife habitat concerns. (Bloomberg)
• There’s no one-size-fits-all solution to address growing concerns about electric grid reliability,  according to stakeholder filings in a recent Federal Energy Regulatory Commission proceeding. (Utility Dive)

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ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE: Historically redlined neighborhoods across 13 states contain nearly twice as many oil and gas wells as neighborhoods historically considered “desirable,” a new study finds. (Grist)

COAL ASH: A federal agency admits it shredded a workplace safety complaint file for the 2009 cleanup of radioactive coal ash in East Tennessee and neglected to shut down the work site or investigate; at least 54 workers are now dead and hundreds more are sick. (Tennessee Lookout)

CLIMATE:
• A new study ties the record-breaking 2020 Atlantic hurricane season and its heavy rainfall to climate change. (New York Times)
• A majority of Americans support six clean energy measures proposed in President Biden’s Build Back Better package, with tax credits for clean energy installations seeing the most support, a Gallup poll finds. (The Hill)

BIOFUELS: President Biden details plans to increase U.S. fuel supplies by allowing year-round sales of gasoline with higher blends of ethanol, which experts say is likely to create more smog and ozone pollution. (Washington Post)

OFFSHORE WIND:
• A floating offshore wind installation proposed along Washington state’s coast would be the West’s largest project of its kind. (E&E News)
• Researchers tracked fish near Rhode Island’s Block Island wind farm for seven years and found most species weren’t impacted by turbine operations, and some were attracted to the structures. (Providence Journal)

OIL & GAS:
• New York’s inability to pass a ban on gas use in new buildings exemplifies how difficult it is to pass such measures even in states governed by Democrats. (Washington Post)
• Arizona regulators reject Salt River Project’s bid to expand a natural gas power plant in a historically Black community in the southeastern part of the state. (12News)
• Sen. Joe Manchin suggests a “rebranded” Keystone XL pipeline could see success after the Biden administration canceled the project. (The Hill)

STORAGE: A California startup works to scale up its thermal energy storage device that its founder says is “essentially a giant toaster.” (Canary Media) 

OVERSIGHT: The head of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission asserts the agency has the power to require public companies disclose their greenhouse gas emissions and climate risks as it hears public comment on the issue. (Bloomberg)

COMMENTARY: President Biden’s plan to boost U.S. natural gas exports to Europe fails to address Russian aggression and will only worsen climate change, a journalist writes. (Sierra)

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Kathryn Krawczyk

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.