POWER PLANTS: The Trump administration’s erosion of federal regulatory power led state and local governments to beef up climate action, and they’ll see increased importance after the Supreme Court limited federal environmental regulators’ power to curb power plant emissions. (New York Times)

ALSO:
Environmental law experts say they’re relieved the Supreme Court didn’t go farther to strip the U.S. EPA’s power, but still fear the ruling will lead regulators to weaken future environmental and emissions regulations. (Grist)
Utility leaders say the Supreme Court’s decision won’t stop their ongoing transitions away from coal and fossil fuels. (Washington Post)
The U.S. EPA’s future decisions targeting power plant emissions will likely need to rely on carbon capture, experts say. (E&E News)

CLIMATE:
The Supreme Court’s gutting of the EPA’s power plant oversight could severely derail the Biden administration’s emissions promises if Congress doesn’t quickly pass strong climate legislation, computer monitoring suggests. (E&E News)
Former Vice President Al Gore discusses where Congress should focus next to ensure promised emissions reductions stay on track, and says climate activists should focus on pushing for state and local action. (New York Times)
More than a dozen Minnesota cities have adopted local climate action plans that are helping to frame conversations around policies and prioritize clean energy investments. (Energy News Network)

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE:
The U.S. Supreme Court’s EPA decision leaves New Jersey observers wondering how environmental justice communities will be impacted. (NJ Spotlight)
As a developer seeks to transform a former Philadelphia refinery site, a predominantly Black neighborhood strives for justice over chronic health concerns residents say are tied to a facility explosion. (Inside Climate News)

OIL & GAS:
The Biden administration unveils a new offshore oil and gas plan that would halt new exploration off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts but allow up to 10 lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico and another off Alaska. (New York Times)
The Biden administration affirms its previous approval of a liquefied natural gas export project proposed for Alaska, finding it would “contribute incrementally to global climate change,” but is needed to supply growing demand. (Fairbanks Daily News-Miner)
An oil and gas company says one of its pipelines in Colorado released 25 million cubic feet of methane after equipment malfunctioned. (Bloomberg)

GRID: California Gov. Gavin Newsom signs a grid reliability bill that could extend the life of natural gas plants and the Diablo Canyon nuclear facility while limiting local oversight of energy projects. (E&E News)

NUCLEAR: Growing demand for clean electricity has renewed political support for extending the life of existing nuclear power plants and building new ones. (New York Times)

COAL: Public Service Company of New Mexico shuts down one of two remaining units at a coal power plant and outlines plans to reduce customer rates upon the final unit’s Sept. 30 closure. (Associated Press) 

COMMENTARY: A retired three-star general and climate advocate suggests the U.S. appoint a climate secretary to lead a climate security Cabinet branch. (Newsweek)

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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.