Happy first day of Summer!
In the news today…
- Axios reports that the U.S. power grid is not ready for climate change, experts say, and major investments are needed to boost reliability and meet rising demand.
- Inside Climate News reports that California lawmakers advance bills aimed at speeding up grid interconnections for residential solar and storage and electrification.
- Bloomberg reports that Texans are being urged to limit power use amid searing heat that’s projected to send electricity demand to an all-time high amid tight supplies.
- Associated Press reports that construction begins on the TransWest Express transmission project that will move wind power from Wyoming to southern California.
- E&E Daily reports lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are pushing to designate potash and phosphate — minerals used widely in fertilizer — as “critical.”
- Bloomberg News and E&E Greenwire report Rio Tinto Group intends to invest about $920 million at its Kennecott copper operations in Utah as part of a plan to increase its supply in North America.
- E&E Greenwire reports the developer of a gold mine in Idaho has reached a tentative deal with the Nez Perce Tribe, signaling the possible end of a years-long legal battle over water pollution.