NATURAL GAS: The U.S. Department of Energy pauses all approvals of new liquefied natural gas export facilities to further review their climate and other impacts, in a process expected to last up to 15 months. (E&E News, Politico)

ALSO: An Arizona judge clears the way for Salt River Project to expand a natural gas power plant near a historically Black community following a two-year legal fight and charges of environmental racism. (Arizona Republic)

GRID:

  • More utilities are pursuing new grid technologies and power flow tools meant to ensure reliability as a growing amount of wind and solar comes online. (Utility Dive)
  • Some Missouri landowners still hold strong opposition to plans for the Grain Belt Express transmission line, a key project needed to improve grid reliability and transport renewable power. (New Yorker)

SOLAR: While most state and local regulations are clear that developers or owners of utility-scale solar projects must pay to decommission them, some rule complexities can fuel local opposition to projects. (Inside Climate News)

EMISSIONS:

  • While a federal proposal would mandate companies report their greenhouse gas emissions, including indirectly produced Scope 3 emissions, experts say the final rules are likely to be less strict. (ESG Dive)
  • Virginia Democrats want to rejoin a regional carbon market but don’t have the numbers to overcome a likely veto from Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin, who previously pushed a state board to withdraw from the group. (Virginian-Pilot)

OFFSHORE WIND: Federal agencies publish plans to protect a critically endangered whale species amid East Coast offshore wind development, a strategy that includes artificial intelligence and passive acoustic monitoring. (Associated Press)

CLIMATE:

  • U.S. climate envoy John Kerry will step down not long after the departure of his Chinese counterpart, marking the end of a partnership that thrived despite the two countries’ often chilly relationship. (Associated Press)
  • A bipartisan group of U.S. senators push to reform federal flood insurance, saying participants have seen their premiums skyrocket even after FEMA promised price cuts. (The Hill)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm believes drivers will warm to electric vehicle adoption as costs come down and convenience benefits are realized. (ABC News)

NUCLEAR: An Ohio nuclear plant owner and federal regulatory staff oppose two citizen groups’ attempts to formally intervene in a request to extend the plant’s life through 2046. (Vxartnews)

BUILDINGS: National Grid picks a Boston public housing complex, the Dorchester neighborhood’s Franklin Fields Apartments, for the city’s first networked geothermal heating system. (Mass Live)

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Kathryn brings her extensive editorial background to the Vxartnews 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.