FINANCE: Shareholder resolutions at four major U.S. banks this week will call on them to stop financing fossil fuels, while Berkshire Hathaway investors are also expected to challenge its fossil fuel holdings. (E&E News, New York Times)

POLITICS: Clean energy tax breaks and methane emissions fees are among issues likely to re-emerge as congressional Democrats revive Build Back Better talks. (E&E News)

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GRID: Regional grid operators PJM and MISO tell U.S. EPA officials that enforcement of new coal ash regulations threaten grid reliability in their vast service territories. (Inside Climate News)

SOLAR:
• Texas regulators approve a 50 MW solar farm on a Houston landfill that will be the nation’s largest urban solar farm. (Houston Chronicle)
• A power company and real estate firm announce plans to develop more than 450 MW of solar power and are considering dozens of industrial sites in the Southeast and California. (Renewables Now)

OIL & GAS:
Oil and gas executives brought home a combined $45 million more compensation in 2021 compared to 2020 even as gasoline prices rose. (Guardian)
California regulators prohibit irrigating crops with hydraulic fracturing wastewater but allow farmers to use conventional drilling wastewater even though it contains many of the same toxic compounds. (Inside Climate News)
• Public documents show how fines paid by Texas polluters can go to projects and organizations that directly benefit the companies being penalized. (Texas Tribune)
• Utilities repair gas leaks more quickly in White, suburban communities than cities, leaving minorities and low-income people more exposed to leaks’ adverse effects, an analysis of repair times in Massachusetts shows. (E&E News)

CLIMATE:
• Pennsylvania officials publish regulations entering the state into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative after years of battling over the policy, while detractors say they will continue to pursue legal action. (Pennsylvania Capital-Star; Pittsburgh Business-Times, subscription)
• Twitter announces it will no longer allow advertisements that “contradict the scientific consensus on climate change.” (Axios)

HYDROPOWER: A tidal energy developer may soon install a generating device in one of the world’s most powerful whirlpools off the Maine coast. (Maine Monitor)

COAL: Xcel Energy tentatively agrees to shut down a Colorado coal power plant four years earlier than it initially planned. (CPR)

UTILITIES: FirstEnergy tells investors it will pay $37.5 million to settle four ratepayer lawsuits stemming from Ohio’s House Bill 6 corruption scandal. (Cleveland.com)

GEOTHERMAL: The Fallon Paiute Shoshone Tribe calls on the Biden administration to create a national monument on Nevada land targeted by geothermal power developers. (Nevada Independent)

COMMENTARY:
National lab researchers discuss why more developers are looking to build solar-plus-storage arrays and how they could shore up grid reliability. (The Conversation)
• States need to set bolder goals and dedicate funding to electrifying their school bus fleets, a climate think tank argues. (Forbes)

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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.