OIL & GAS: The National Park Service begins the long journey of plugging and cleaning up an estimated 2,000 abandoned oil wells on agency-managed land. (New York Times)

• An industry group says U.S. offshore wind demand nearly doubled last year and investments surged as states set more ambitious clean energy goals. (The Hill)
• As Northeast states rush to complete offshore wind farms, Rhode Island maintains big advantage as the first state to approve and install such a project. (New York Times)

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• Georgia has attracted billions of dollars of investments in solar, electric vehicle and battery manufacturing, and other Southeast states are likely to follow despite their Republican leaders’ opposition to clean energy policies. (Guardian)
• Small Minnesota utilities face unique challenges for meeting the state’s new 100% carbon-free electricity target by 2040 as they lack the financial resources of investor-owned utilities. (MinnPost)

• Among the biggest barriers to building new transmission lines, experts say, is resolving competing interests from multiple parties about where lines are sited and who pays for them. (CNBC)
• Grid operator PJM next month will start trading renewable energy certificates that reflect more granular usage data as more customers set stronger renewable energy goals. (Utility Dive)

POLITICS: Some Republicans look to rebrand the party’s image on climate change — without infringing on fossil fuel interests — but far-right members of their party stand in the way. (Inside Climate News)

BATTERIES: An Ohio company that recycles various types of batteries is scaling up operations to meet rising U.S. demand for battery materials. (Canary Media) 

• A bipartisan group of U.S. senators introduces legislation to boost domestic uranium production to fuel current power plants and advanced reactors in development. (Utility Dive)
• Indigenous and environmental advocates worry a uranium mining resurgence in Western states will add to the harmful legacy the industry left on landscapes and in communities after the Cold War. (Lee Enterprises)

BUILDINGS: New York City environmentalists fear a loophole allows commercial property owners to buy their way out of complying with an ambitious local building efficiency law. (City Limits)

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LITHIUM: Conservationists seek an emergency court order that would block work at the proposed Thacker Pass lithium mine in Nevada after a judge allowed construction to proceed while federal land managers revisit their approval. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY: Georgia stands out as an example of how clean energy jobs can transform an economy — so long as politicians don’t let partisan ideology interfere, writes the head of a nonpartisan business group. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

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