OIL & GAS: The White House and the top federal consumer safety official say they have no plans to ban new gas stoves after the suggestion of a ban ignites a heated debate. (The Hill, Grist)

• The Tennessee Valley Authority defies critics, clean energy advocates and federal officials by announcing it will stick with fossil fuels and replace a retiring coal plant with a 1,450 MW natural gas plant. (WPLN, Knoxville News Sentinel)
• A Massachusetts regulatory decision last month was a setback for renewable natural gas, but environmentalists say it leaves open the possibility for future attempts to promote captured methane as a climate solution. (Energy News Network)

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• Switching to an electric vehicle would provide cost benefits to nine out of 10 U.S. drivers, but the lowest-income Americans would be left behind, according to a University of Michigan study. (Grist)
The U.S. Energy Department awards two California companies nearly $6 million to work to make electric vehicle batteries run longer, charge faster and cost less. (San Diego Union-Tribune)
• States should provide local governments with guidance on how to change policies and operations to support electric vehicle infrastructure, Michigan’s chief mobility officer says. (Smart Cities Dive)
General Motors’ electric Hummer was meant to win over electric vehicle skeptics, but has since sparked controversy for prioritizing power over function in the emerging industry. (E&E News)

OFFSHORE WIND: As federal and state officials look to create a diverse clean energy workforce, Black business owners search for their place in the white-dominated offshore wind industry. (E&E News)

POLITICS: The new Republican leader of the House energy committee teases a energy package that will aim to boost natural gas exports, modernize energy infrastructure, and promote carbon capture, nuclear and renewables. (The Hill)

OVERSIGHT: House Republicans say they’ll scrutinize the nomination of a fossil fuel critic to lead the federal agency overseeing offshore energy production. (E&E News)

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SOLAR: A Tesla factory in Buffalo, New York, utilizing significant state tax incentives was supposed to be a major solar industry manufacturer, but a decade later less than a quarter of employees are working on such projects. (Investigative Post)

• An environmental group calls an experimental jet Lockheed Martin is building for NASA’s supersonic aviation program a “climate debacle,” saying the carbon-intensive jets are like “putting Humvees in the sky.” (Inside Climate News)
• A U.S. EPA proposal to lower soot emission limits could particularly benefit public health in Indiana metropolitan areas that are close to violating current standards, experts say. (Indiana Public Radio)

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