COAL ASH: New U.S. EPA coal ash rules published today would address hundreds of “legacy” coal ash landfills and ponds that have gone unregulated for years, but environmental groups say they leave loopholes for dozens of other sites. (Energy News Network)

• Democratic Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware introduces a green permitting overhaul that would speed approvals for renewables, transmission lines, and coastal erosion projects. (E&E News)
• Sen. Joe Manchin cancels a hearing and withdraws support for a Biden administration renewable energy nominee to protest the Energy Department’s proposed gas stove efficiency rules. (The Hill)

EMISSIONS: The U.S. EPA could significantly reduce landfill methane emissions with stronger regulations and monitoring, an environmental group’s research finds. (Inside Climate News)

• Charts show how a grid interconnection backlog, slow construction of transmission lines, and community pushback are the biggest factors slowing the U.S.’s clean energy buildout. (Washington Post)
• A $27 billion federal fund is leading more states to create green banks to finance clean energy projects. (Bloomberg Law)

CARBON CAPTURE: The White House announces $251 million for carbon storage and transport projects in seven states. (Axios)

• Gas utilities across the U.S. have announced more than three dozen hydrogen pilot projects, with most aiming to blend hydrogen with natural gas in existing pipeline networks. (S&P Global)
• Colorado lawmakers pass a bill that would incentivize clean hydrogen production and use, but producers say strict conditions could hurt rather than help the industry. (Utility Dive)

• Most of the U.S. will face a high risk of blackouts this summer if temperatures reach anticipated extremes, the North American Electric Reliability Corp. predicts. (Utility Dive)
• Arguments over who can access solar incentives and whether officials are focusing too much on fossil fuels may potentially hold up $14 billion in federal funding to repair Puerto Rico’s troubled energy grid. (Politico)

OVERSIGHT: Court filings show how former top Ohio energy regulator Sam Randazzo spent part of a $4.3 million payment from FirstEnergy on personal expenses, including taxes, mortgages, and a loan to his daughter’s restaurant. (Energy News Network/Eye on Ohio)

CLIMATE: A New York lawmaker introduces legislation to form a “Climate Change Superfund” — modeled after the federal Toxic Superfund — that would require polluting companies to fund adaptation and resiliency projects. (Spectrum News 1)

HYDROPOWER: A Republican and Democratic U.S. senator introduce legislation to reform and speed up hydropower permitting and relicensing. (Utility Dive)

OIL & GAS: National laboratory researchers develop methods to identify and characterize orphaned wells in a mostly defunct northwest New Mexico oil and gas field. (NM Political Report)

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