UTILITIES: Utilities launch their fight against the U.S. EPA’s proposed power plant emissions rule, arguing clean hydrogen and carbon capture technologies needed to meet the regulation’s demands aren’t ready to be implemented. (E&E News)

• The Electric Power Research Institute begins gathering three years of charging data from Amazon and other companies’ electric vehicle fleets, with hopes it can help future fleet managers handle grid stress. (Utility Dive)
• The country’s biggest electric bus company files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy but says it will continue to function normally and is using the process to separate its business units. (Canary Media)
• A line of General Motors electric vehicles will support bidirectional charging by 2026, allowing customers to transfer power to a home during peak demand periods or outages. (Automotive Dive)
• Rhode Island officials reduce the rebate available to buyers of electric vehicles and e-bikes because program funds can’t meet demand. (ecoRI)

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• “Practically speaking,” President Biden says he’s already declared a climate emergency by boosting climate spending, rejoining the Paris agreement and calling it an “existential threat to humanity.” (Washington Post)
• Most U.S. insurers hold fossil fuel-related assets, which are increasing the climate risks that are driving some insurers out of risky areas. (Reuters)
• The U.S. has faced a record 15 weather disasters this year with damages exceeding $1 billion, with their total cost nearing $40 billion. (The Hill)
• July marked the globe’s hottest month on record, and the extreme heat is likely to continue this year, scientists say. (The Hill)

• Turning cities’ underutilized commercial buildings into apartments could help solve a housing shortage while avoiding the emissions created from new construction, an analysis finds. (Axios)
• Natural gas and homebuilding industry groups drop their legal challenge of Washington state codes requiring heat pumps in new residential and commercial construction. (Utility Dive)

CLEAN ENERGY: Minnesota electric cooperatives prepare to jointly apply for $970 million in federal funding to pay for clean energy projects and help rural utilities meet state clean energy targets. (Energy News Network)

HYDROPOWER: Dams have flooded more than 1 million acres of tribal lands across the U.S., a study finds as it makes a case for their removal. (The Hill)

• Dominion Energy is using about 1,000 sheep to graze at six Virginia solar farms and reduce costs and emissions from landscaping. (Virginian-Pilot)
• San Diego implements instant self-certification rooftop solar permitting to reduce red tape and expedite installations. (Times of San Diego)     

MINING: Republican Arizona lawmakers formally oppose a new national monument and uranium mining ban near the Grand Canyon even though polling shows the state’s voters overwhelmingly favor it. (Arizona Republic)

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