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CLIMATE: U.S. military leaders have been increasingly candid about security threats related to climate change, but their emissions reduction strategies may fall short, experts say, as many operations are exempt and alternative fuels remain uneconomical. (Independent)

ALSO:
• Republican attorneys general and conservative groups invoke an obscure legal doctrine as they look to overturn Biden administration climate regulations. (E&E News)
• The U.S. Interior Department announces $46 million in climate resilience and adaptation funding for Indigenous communities. (Axios)
• Septic systems in coastal and inland areas are increasingly failing as climate change intensifies storms and flooding. (Washington Post)
• The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s recently appointed New England regional administrator discusses the role of environmental justice in climate action and New England’s decarbonization efforts. (VT Digger)

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HYDROGEN: Green hydrogen’s recent expansion could cut its cost more quickly than previously predicted, and could be economical to use in long-haul trucking by 2025, analysts suggest. (Utility Dive)

CLEAN ENERGY: COVID-19 relief packages haven’t done enough to fix the widening gap between wealthy and poor countries’ clean energy spending, complicating efforts to reach global net-zero emissions by 2050, experts say. (E&E News)

OIL & GAS:
• Historians and former federal officials suggest President Biden can learn from the 1970s energy crisis as he looks to combat high fuel prices with a switch to clean energy. (E&E News)
• Shell pioneers a smaller, less-energy intensive offshore oil platform designed to reduce costs and ensure profits even amid low oil prices. (Houston Chronicle)

SOLAR: Opponents of utility-scale solar projects mobilize in dozens of rural Midwest communities, with some swayed by misinformation and others concerned about losing their area’s idyllic character. (Grist)

ELECTRIFICATION: California utility Pacific Gas & Electric seeks more than 5,000 customers to install electric water heaters that can store hot water for use when the grid is overloaded. (Canary Media)

CARBON CAPTURE:
• Google and Facebook’s parent companies are among major corporations planning to spend $925 million buying offsets from startups focused on removing carbon from the air. (Bloomberg)
• A Louisiana power company says it will invest $900 million in a carbon sequestration facility to capture 95% of the emissions from a nearby coal-fired power plant it operates. (Lafayette Daily Advertiser)

GRID:
• The leader of ISO New England discusses the regional grid’s stability and future. (Commonwealth Magazine)
• Federal officials will work with New Orleans to help build a more resilient electrical grid and decentralized electricity generation with rooftop solar, storage and self-sustaining microgrids. (WWNO)

BIOFUELS: President Biden is expected to announce today the temporary allowance of summertime sales of gasoline blends with 15% ethanol to combat high gasoline prices. (MPR News) 

UTILITIES: Pacific Gas & Electric avoids criminal charges for its role in sparking two recent wildfires by agreeing to pay $55 million in civil penalties. (Los Angeles Times)

COMMENTARY: The White House needs to set clear, universal building performance targets for its efforts to decarbonize buildings to be effective, the former head of the U.S. Green Building Council writes. (Utility Dive)

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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.