SOLAR: Nearly 1 in 10 U.S. schools are using solar power, with the cost savings helping to pay for teacher raises and energy efficiency improvements. (New York Times)
• Documents obtained by a congressional committee reveal oil and gas companies weakened industry-wide climate commitments while publicly claiming they were on a path to net zero. (New York Times)
• A law firm hired to help Ohio regulators respond to federal subpoenas and public records requests related to the House Bill 6 corruption scandal has multiple ties to state and utility officials who were involved in passing the law. (Energy News Network/Eye on Ohio)
Southern Environmental Law Center is hiring
The Southern Environmental Law Center—one of the nation’s most powerful environmental defenders, rooted in the South—is hiring an Energy and Climate Communications Manager. This role will oversee regional energy communications, including solar and methane gas issues, to advance climate progress.
• Republican-led legislatures in a third of all states have passed anti-protest bills drafted by a right-wing lobbying group that target Indigenous communities and environmentalists who oppose fossil fuel projects. (Guardian)
• Republican officials and corporate lobbyists prepare legal challenges to the Biden administration’s efforts to require public corporations to disclose emissions and climate risks. (Guardian)
• While Senate Republicans have long wanted to speed up energy project permitting, they say they won’t join Sen. Joe Manchin’s reform effort. (The Hill)
WIND: The federal government partners with East Coast states on a regional initiative to build out an offshore wind supply chain. (Reuters)
ELECTRIC VEHICLES: President Biden announces a $900 million investment to begin building 500,000 electric vehicle charging stations across the federal highway system. (New York Times)
• Federal officials say they’ve reached a tentative deal to prevent a national rail strike, potentially resolving concerns that a labor stoppage would cause fossil fuel shortages. (CBS News, Grist)
• The Biden administration accepts bids for offshore oil and gas leases in the Gulf of Mexico that were rejected by a judge but reinstated in the climate spending bill. (Associated Press)
• Activists along the Gulf Coast say the region was sacrificed to more offshore leasing and drilling in exchange for support of the recent climate spending package. (New York Times)
• Boston’s city council votes to enroll in a statewide pilot project to test banning fossil fuel hookups in most new construction. (GBH)
COAL ASH: The U.S. EPA’s crackdown on coal ash disposal rules could adversely affect Black communities, as landfills that accept coal ash from across state lines are disproportionately located in low-income, minority neighborhoods. (Energy News Network/Chicago Investigative Project)
NUCLEAR: Roughly 80% of operating and recently retired U.S. coal plants could host an advanced nuclear power reactor, reducing capital costs by up to 35% compared to a greenfield project, according to the Department of Energy. (Utility Dive)
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GRID: Coastal areas could sharply reduce their risk of storm-induced power outages if they strategically bury a small amount of their electric distribution systems, a study finds. (Utility Dive)
CLIMATE: The founder of clothing brand Patagonia donates the $3 billion company and future profits to organizations fighting climate change. (CNBC)