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CLEAN ENERGY: State attorneys could play an important role in ensuring a just transition from fossil fuels that protects workers and equitably deploys renewables, according to a new report by legal experts. (Governing)

CLIMATE:
• A new study reveals the scale of spending by industry trade groups to influence climate policies, which totaled $3.4 billion between 2008 and 2018. (DeSmog)
• Newly mapped data show how households in dense and lower-income areas tend to have fewer emissions than those in wealthy suburban communities. (New York Times)
• As California prepares to adopt the nation’s most aggressive greenhouse gas cutting plan this week, environmental advocates worry it relies too heavily on carbon capture and lacks a clear implementation strategy. (Bloomberg Law)

POLITICS: The U.S. House climate committee highlights accomplishments and recommends further emissions-reducing recommendations before its dissolution at the end of the year. (E&E News)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Multifamily building operators face increasing pressure to install and maintain electric vehicle chargers, especially as renters say they’ll pay a premium to have chargers at home. (Utility Dive)

TRANSPORTATION:
• A wave of federal infrastructure funding has forced state transportation officials to address problems with roads and bridges that will likely only worsen with a changing climate. (Washington Post)
• The U.S. EPA is expected to finalize an emissions rule for heavy-duty vehicles next week, but public health and environmental advocates say the proposed rule isn’t strict enough. (Washington Post)

OVERSIGHT: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chair Richard Glick’s likely departure at the end of this year will leave an ongoing debate over climate assessments for natural gas projects in flux. (E&E News)

SOLAR: In New Jersey, a solar roofing company launches an innovative solar shingle they say is the first in the world to be nailable. (news release)

COAL: The Biden administration chooses not to appeal a judge’s August reinstatement of a federal coal leasing moratorium, leaving the pause in place until environmental analyses are completed. (Casper Star-Tribune) 

EFFICIENCY:
• Advocates call on Duke Energy to pursue energy efficiency more aggressively than the projected 1% decrease in retail sales currently included in its plan to cut carbon emissions in North Carolina. (Energy News Network)
• ComEd is expanding a pilot program and will spend $40 million over the next three years installing electric and energy-efficient appliances in low-income households. (Chicago Sun-Times)

GRID: A consulting firm defends its analysis of Texas’ electric grid against criticism that its weather data did not include the 2021 winter storm that devastated the state’s grid. (Utility Dive)

COMMENTARY:
• An editorial board urges the U.S. government not to lose sight of the pressing climate emergency as it ramps up fusion energy research development. (Washington Post)
• The 40,000-barrel Keystone pipeline spill was predictable based on a decades-long track record of U.S. oil pipeline spills, a columnist writes. (Washington Post)
• North American Indigenous tribes raise concerns about Inflation Reduction Act incentives for domestic mining that could affect ancestral lands. (Minnesota Reformer)

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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.