STORAGE: Korean battery maker LG commits to building factories, including in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan and Tennessee, that would increase its U.S. production capacity by a factor of more than 55 by 2027. (Canary Media)

ALSO: Texas officials eye large-scale batteries as a way to harness wind and solar energy and stabilize the state power grid amid triple-digit temperatures and overstressed power plants and transmission lines. (Washington Post)

SOLAR: The U.S. added nearly 4,500 MW of new natural gas-fired generation in the first four months of 2023, but federal regulators predict solar power will dominate new generation over the next few years. (Utility Dive)

EMISSIONS: The global shipping industry could cut its emissions in half by 2030 without damaging trade by establishing a carbon levy that encourages investments in emissions-reducing technologies, new research finds. (Guardian)

• The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awards the Mountain Valley Pipeline a long-elusive permit to cross hundreds of waterways, as required by a provision in legislation to raise the debt ceiling. (Roanoke Times; Wall Street Journal, subscription)
• An analysis finds dozens of serious oil field violations in a southern California county remain unresolved years after regulators cited the operators. 
(Bakersfield Californian) 

• Conservative media and politicians have stoked so much anti-China rhetoric against a proposed $2.36 billion electric vehicle battery plant in western Michigan that some wonder if community divisions can ever be repaired.  (Michigan Advance)
• Hyundai raises its goal for annual sales of electric vehicles to account for a third of all sales by 2030 as it builds an EV factory in Georgia. (Bloomberg)

• An Iowa meteorologist leaves his job after receiving death threats for explaining to viewers the links between weather and climate change. (Guardian)
• Researchers find federal flooding estimates haven’t kept up with climate change, threatening $1.3 trillion in infrastructure projects recently authorized under the bipartisan infrastructure package. (The Hill)

GRID: The Texas Supreme Court rules that sovereign immunity protects the state grid operator from lawsuits over the 2021 winter storm that killed hundreds of people. (KUT)

EFFICIENCY: Virginia nonprofits seek to diversify funding for weatherization projects as Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s push to withdraw from a regional carbon market endangers state funding for energy efficiency. (Energy News Network)

WIND: As economic headwinds threaten the viability of two offshore Massachusetts wind farms, observers question how long it will take until the industry sees its predicted success. (Boston Globe)

HYDROGEN: A Colorado college partners with federal researchers and energy companies to search for and develop ways to extract geologic hydrogen. (Forbes)

CARBON CAPTURE: Farmers say improved soil management practices can make crop land act as a carbon sink and avoid the need for carbon capture pipelines. (South Dakota Searchlight)

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