BUILDINGS: North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper says he is frustrated by “short-sighted” legislation that would block a state building energy code update until 2031, but he stopped short of promising a veto. (Vxartnews)

COAL: Coal miners and their allies pushing the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration to crack down on silica dust that causes black lung disease say their calls have gone unanswered. (Grist)

CLIMATE:
• Central Appalachia’s mild temperatures and high elevation could attract climate migrants, though flooding and rising heat still threaten the area, a regional advocacy group finds. (Daily Yonder)
• Norfolk, Virginia, residents and leaders work to reverse discriminatory decisions made a century ago that have long left some neighborhoods at higher risk for flooding. (Virginian-Pilot, subscription)

CARBON CAPTURE: Louisiana residents and other stakeholders testify to the U.S. EPA as it considers whether to continue regulating the state’s carbon capture wells or give that oversight power to the state. (Louisiana Illuminator/Floodlight)

GRID:
• Day-ahead electricity prices in Texas spike to nearly 50 times their usual rate amid an ongoing heat wave that is tightening grid reserves. (The Hill)
• Despite the heat wave, it’s unclear whether Texas lawmakers will reconvene in special session to consider two major power grid-related bills. (CBS Austin)

NUCLEAR: Another construction delay for a reactor at Georgia’s Plant Vogtle pushes the project’s completion date even further past its initial 2017 completion date. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

TRANSPORTATION:
• U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm kicks off a nationwide tour to promote the Biden administration’s clean energy and electric vehicle policies in North Carolina. (Blue Ridge Public Radio)
• Part of a $104 million federal grant for Washington, D.C.’s transit system will help buy electric buses and convert a Fairfax County, Virginia, bus garage to support them. (Washington Post)
• Houston’s transit system will use a $40.4 million federal grant to buy new natural gas-powered buses, but aims to eventually buy only electric- and hydrogen-powered buses. (Houston Public Radio)

EFFICIENCY: An energy efficient, solar-powered Florida community is already exceeding power generation expectations after 12 homes have been in operation for three months. (Forbes)

SOLAR:
• Staunton, Virginia’s city council hears from residents as it debates a 15.75 MW utility-scale solar farm and a 5 MW community solar facility. (News Leader)
• Four engineering firms say they’d like to fulfill Waco, Texas’ plans to put solar farms on three closed landfills. (Waco Tribune-Herald)

BIOFUELS: Researchers at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore investigate hemp’s potential as a biofuel feedstock. (U.S. Black Engineer)

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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.