CARBON CAPTURE: Carbon capture developers, lawmakers, and others frustrated with the slow pace of permitting for storage projects want the U.S. EPA to hand off authority to states. (E&E News)

ALSO: Microsoft will purchase $200 million in carbon credits from a startup that plans to use direct-air capture to pull carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. (The Hill)

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WORKFORCE: Clean energy industry stakeholders call on the Biden administration and Congress to fund workforce training programs, saying the White House’s climate goals are at risk without a strong pipeline of trade workers. (E&E News)

• The U.S. is set to install 32 GW of solar power this year, a big increase from the 20.2 GW deployed last year, an industry group projects. (Utility Dive)
• A pair of federal tax credits are encouraging solar and other clean energy development at former coal plant sites. (Reuters)
• Virginia solar installers celebrate after state regulators block Dominion Energy’s attempt to impose new fees for connecting to its grid. (Vxartnews)

• The U.S. EPA’s inspector general finds the agency doesn’t enforce federal pollution limits on benzene emissions from oil refineries, including 18 found to be emitting the chemical at unhealthy levels. (The Hill)
• The U.S. EPA delays plans to strengthen its ozone pollution rules until after the 2024 election, despite urging from a scientific advisory panel to take action. (Associated Press)
• A Democrat and a Republican prepare legislation that would require calculation and monitoring of the emissions intensity of industrial materials made in the U.S. (E&E News)

STORAGE: A wave of battery investments announced this week show how the industry is growing with federal support. (Axios)

• A new report calls out a powerful private equity firm for investing heavily in liquified natural gas projects that actively harm low-income, Black, brown and Indigenous people. (Inside Climate News)
• Gwich’in leaders in both Canada and the U.S. celebrate the Biden administration’s plan to block drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. (CBC)

• A lithium mining company announces plans to build a $365 million battery-grade lithium plant in Arkansas after its feasibility study goes well. (Arkansas Business)
• A study finds electric vehicle sales grew 50% over the last year in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. (WFAE)

EQUITY: As Ohio regulators consider utility disconnection rules, consumer advocates say they still lack access to data that would help identify racial disparities in utilities’ shutoff practices. (Vxartnews)

UTILITIES: An audit into lobbying and other expenses by two FirstEnergy subsidiaries possibly linked to Ohio’s bribery scandal is expected to be submitted to West Virginia regulators by the end of the year. (West Virginia Watch)

HEAT: Experts say more New England workers seem to be suffering from heat stress on the job amid insufficient workplace protections and a rising number of days above 90°F. (NHPR)

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