COAL: Four new federal rules aim to sharply curb pollution from U.S. coal plants within the next decade, telling plants to capture carbon emissions and slash mercury, wastewater and coal ash pollution or shut down. (E&E News)

SOLAR:

GRID: The U.S. Energy Department rolls out a streamlined federal transmission permitting program that puts the department in charge of a slew of regulatory approvals in an attempt to speed the complicated, lengthy grid permitting process. (E&E News)

EMISSIONS:

STORAGE: More than twice as many battery storage systems were deployed around the world last year compared to the year before, but that pace needs to multiply by six to meet global clean energy targets, the International Energy Agency says. (Guardian)

PIPELINES: Despite carbon capture pipeline ruptures in Mississippi and Louisiana, fossil fuel companies lobby federal regulators to scale back safety rules so they can build projects more quickly. (The Lever)

CLEAN ENERGY: The U.S. Department of Labor releases an interactive map showing tens of thousands of jobs created by clean energy projects across the country. (Daily Reporter)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Now that a Tennessee Volkswagen factory has voted to unionize, contract bargaining begins, with experts predicting modest raises but bigger benefits. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

OFFSHORE WIND: A clean energy advocate says the collapse of a New York offshore wind project doesn’t reflect broader industry trends and that the state still has time to achieve its goal of 70% clean energy by 2030. (Politico)

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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.