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Industry Groups Applaud FCC Broadband Speed Definition, Despite Concerns It’s Part of a Big Title II Ploy (Telecompetitor)
Electric Co-ops Want RDOF Defaulters to Pony Up (Fierce Telecom)
FCC Cranks Fixed Broadband Standard Up a Notch (Fierce Telecom)
Rural Commenters Claim Flaws in FWA Providers’ Broadband Data (Telecompetitor)
Industry Reps to House Ag: USDA Should Handle Rural Broadband (Southeast AgNet)
Industry Testimonies Reveal Division Over 2023 Farm Bill (FierceTelecom)
Who Are the Wireless and Wired Telecom Trade Associations? (FierceTelecom)
U.S. Allocates $42B in Broadband Funding—Find Out How Much Your State Will Get (ArsTechnica)
Broadband Industry Sounds Off on BEAD Funding Reveal (FierceTelecom)
Electric Cooperative Broadband Restrictions: NRECA Execs Offer an Update (Telecompetitor)
USDA Readies to Distribute $1.15B for Rural Broadband (Politico)
Broadband Industry Unites To Launch Statewide Broadband Office Educational Webinar Series (Business Wire)
Scuffle Over 6 GHz Band Raises Questions About Wi-Fi 6E, FWA (Fierce Telecom)
GRID Broadband Act Seeks to Build Out Middle-Mile Infrastructure Along Existing Electric Grid (Daily Energy Insider)
As Industry Reacts to RDOF Rejections, What About the Other Big Unauthorized Bids? (Telecompetitor)
Senators Want to Tap U.S. Electric Grid for Broadband Rollouts (Fierce Telecom)
New NRECA Membership Service Tier Is Electric Cooperative Broadband Focused (Telecompetitor)
SpaceX Says 5G Interference Could Make Starlink Internet ‘Unusable’ (Gizmodo)
Leaders of Broadband Industry Trade Groups Are Bullish on Fiber, With Some Caveats (Broadband Breakfast)
RDOF Winner Resound Networks’ Change of Plans Hits a Nerve With NRECA, NTCA (Telecompetitor)


U.S. Adversaries Trying to Manipulate Energy Resources (Fox News)
U.S. Electric Cooperative Association Launches Commercial OT Security Solution (SecurityWeek)
How the Cyber Incident Reporting Law Could Finally Fix the Information Sharing Problem (CyberScoop)
Rural Electric Co-op Security Grants (The CyberWire)
Biden Executive Order on Power System Cybersecurity Leaves Critical Operations Vulnerable, Experts Say (Utility Dive)

Clean Energy

Shifting Winds (Full Measure)
Energy Department Announces $366 Million for Rural Clean Energy Projects (Tucson Sentinel)
U.S. Climate Law Could Jumpstart Public Power Sector’s Clean Energy Investment (S&P Global)
How the High Court Ruling Changes EPA and Clean Electricity (E&E News)
Win for Rural Electric Co-ops: SCOTUS Limits EPA’s Role in Controlling Emissions (RFD-TV)
Supreme Court Decision May Slow Transition to Cleaner Energy (Associated Press)
EPA Regional Ozone Proposal Threatens Electric Reliability: RTOs, State Utility Regulators (Utility Dive)
U.S. Clean Energy Backers Rally to Keep Direct Pay Option for Tax Credits (S&P Global)
Biden Invokes Defense Production Act to Boost Domestic Manufacturing in Clean Energy, Grid Sectors (Utility Dive)
Clean Energy and Utility Groups Split Over FERC’s Dynamic Line Rating Inquiry (S&P Global)
Why Utilities Didn’t Join the Supreme Court Case Against EPA (E&E News)


Increasing Number of Microgrids Helps Protect Critical Assets (Fox News)
Biden Administration Urged to Increase Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (Fox News)
We Must Have More Natural Gas Pipelines to Avoid Freezing (Forbes)
Wildfire Mitigation to Launch in Minnesota and Other States (KAAL-TV)
DOE Announces ‘Largest Ever Investment in America’s Grid,’ Giving $3.5B Across 44 States (Utility Dive)
Biden-Harris Administration Releases Permitting Action Plan to Accelerate Federal Infrastructure Projects (Daily Energy Insider)
U.S. Rural Co-ops to Band Together for Infrastructure Funds, NRECA CEO Says (S&P Global)

Industry News

Strict New EPA Rules Would Force Coal-Fired Power Plants to Capture Emissions or Shut Down (Associated Press)
Biden Administration Finalizes New Rules for Power Plants in One of Its Most Significant Climate Actions to Date (CNN)
Coal and New Gas Power Plants Will Have to Meet Climate Pollution Targets (NPR)
Biden Admin Cracks Down on Power Plants Fueling Nation’s Grid (Fox News)
EPA Issues Toughest Rule Yet on Power Plant Emissions, but It’s Likely to Face Court Challenges (CBS News)
EPA Severely Limits Pollution From Coal-Burning Power Plants (The New York Times)
New EPA Emissions Rules Squeeze Coal Plants (The Wall Street Journal)
Biden Curbs on Power Plant Pollution Collide With Demand (Bloomberg)
Biden Pushes U.S. to Get Off the Coal Train (POLITICO)
New EPA Rules Drastically Limit Emissions From Power Plants That Burn Fossil Fuels (Forbes)
U.S. Energy Giant Sounds Alarm on Biden’s Climate Rules Targeting Power Plants (Fox News)
Foes Wage Attacks as Biden Rolls Out Power Plant Rules (E&E News)
Manchin Blasts Biden and ‘Radical Climate Advisors at the White House’ for Killing Fossil Fuel Industry (Washington Examiner)
EPA Finalizes Power Plant Emission Rules, but Utilities Balk at Expected Need for Carbon Capture (Utility Dive)
U.S. EPA Defends Carbon Capture Tech Underpinning New Power Plant Rule (S&P Global)
America’s Energy Needs and Climate Goals (The New York Times)
Biden Admin Issues Energy Efficiency Restrictions on Key Power Grid Technology (Fox News)
Utilities to Press Biden Admin on Coal Wastewater Rule (E&E News)
Energy Department Eases Efficiency Standards on Grid Transformers in New Final Rule (Washington Examiner)
Biden Changes Course on a Major Power Grid Rule After Backlash (HuffPost)
DOE Final Distribution Transformer Rule Adds 2 Years for Compliance (Utility Dive)
Industry Groups Highlight What’s Needed to Meet Growing Energy Demands (Daily Energy Insider)
Republicans to Grill Top Biden Officials Over Actions Targeting Key Hydro Dams (Fox News)
NEMA-Led Coalition Seeks Bipartisan Support on Distribution Transformer Supply Chain Legislation (T&D World)
Barnett, Matheson: Reliability Energy is in Jeopardy (Aberdeen Insider)
USDA Investing $2.3 Billion to Strengthen Rural U.S. Power Grid (T&D World)
Utilities, Others Lobby Senators to Block DOE’s Distribution Transformer Efficiency Rule (Utility Dive)
Utilities, Labor and Coalition Members Seek Support for Maintaining U.S. Distribution Transformer Supply Chain (Daily Energy Insider)
Granholm Tells Congress ‘Adjustments Have Been Made’ to Distribution Transformer Proposal (Utility Dive)
Our Broken Energy Policy Could Leave Americans in the Dark (Fox News)
Bipartisan Senate Bill Seeks to Rein in DOE Distribution Transformer Efficiency Standards (POWER Magazine)
Utility Trade Groups Call for $1.2 Billion to Boost Transformer Manufacturing (PV Magazine)
Bipartisan Group of 12 Senators Proposes Blocking DOE’s Distribution Transformer Efficiency Rule (Utility Dive)
Top Power Grid Watchdog Warns Fossil Fuel Shutdowns Could Destabilize Future Reliability (Fox News)
Rising Peak Demand, 83 GW of Planned Retirements Create Blackouts Risks for Most of U.S.: NERC (Utility Dive)
Grid Monitor Warns of Blackout Risks as Generators Retire, Demand Rises (E&E News)
Biden Administration Commits Millions in New Funding to Columbia River Basin Restoration (Fox News)
Demand for Digital Services Gives Rise to Hyperscale Data Centers (Fox News)
Dangerous Winter Blackouts Could Affect More Than Half of U.S., Report Finds (CBS News)
Power Grid’s Future Hinges on Permitting and Natural Gas: Takeaways from POLITICO’s Grid Reliability Event (POLITICO)
Nation at Risk of Winter Blackouts as Power Grid Remains Under Strain (The Washington Post)
Power Grid Watchdog Warns of Higher Winter Blackout Risks, Cites Biden Energy Policies As Top Threat (Fox Business)
Executive Sketch: Matheson Leads NRECA in Era of Big Change for Utilities (Forbes)
Republican Senators Call on the EPA to Withdraw Proposed Rule (Spectrum News)
A New Era for Rural Electric Cooperatives (T&D World)
Experts Warn Green Energy Projects ‘Are Not Worth It’ As Prices Spiral ‘Out of Control’ (Fox Business)
Utilities Press for White House Meeting to Lobby Against Proposed Transformer Rules (Utility Dive)
Much of North America Faces ‘Elevated Risk’ of Blackouts in Extreme Winter Conditions: NERC (Utility Dive)
Oklahoma Among States with Highest Risk for Power Grid Shortfalls this Winter, Report Shows (KOCO-TV)
Carolinas Again at Risk for Energy Crisis with Severe Cold Weather Event this Winter (WCNC-TV)
Extreme Cold Weather Could Impact New England’s Already Stressed Electric Supply (WMUR-TV)
Report: Tennessee Could See More Blackouts This Winter (WKRN-TV)
Kentucky’s Power Grid at Risk of Buckling This Winter: Regulator (WDKY-TV)
Oklahoma at High Risk of Winter Blackouts Due to Growing Electricity Demand, According to Report (KOKH-TV)
New Study Examines Economic Benefits of Electric Cooperatives (Daily Energy Insider)
NRECA Hails Co-op Interest in USDA New ERA Co-op Energy Innovation Program (T&D World)
Biden’s Carbon Proposal Is Unworkable, U.S. Power Sector Warns (Reuters)
U.S. Grid Operators Warn Biden’s Power Plant Crackdown Could Trigger ‘Significant Power Shortages’ (Fox News)
Power Companies Warn of Dangerous Transformer Shortage (Scripps News)
Power Plant Owners Blast Biden’s Emissions-Cutting Plan (Bloomberg)
Grid Transformer Supply Crunch Threatens Clean Energy Plans (Bloomberg Law)
America’s Power Sector Calls for Changes to EPA Carbon Reduction Proposal for Power Plants (Daily Energy Insider)
U.S. EPA Power Plant Proposal Sparks Debate Over Feasibility (S&P Global)
EPA Power Plant Carbon Plan Relies on Unavailable Tech, Violates Law: EEI, Trade Groups (Utility Dive)
EPA Power Plant Rules Will Force Plant Closures and Impact Energy Supplies (The Daily Record)
NRECA Files Comments Against EPA Power Plant Proposal (T&D World)
Clean Energy Transition Continues Despite Reliability, Supply Chain, and Financial Uncertainty (POWER Magazine)
U.S. Adversaries Trying to Manipulate Energy Resources (Fox News)
‘Special Report’ Spotlight: Is U.S. Power Grid Ready for Summer? (Fox News)
Rural Electricity Is Getting its Biggest Boost Since FDR—Here’s How (Yahoo News)
U.S. Utility Groups Seek White House Action on Electrical Steel (S&P Global)
The U.S. Is Running Low on the Machines Needed to Avoid Blackouts and Quit Fossil Fuels (HuffPost)
Opinion: Biden’s War on Affordable Energy (Yahoo News)
Risk of Summer Blackouts Stretches Into U.S. Southeast for First Time (Bloomberg)
Co-op Energy Innovation Program Applauded by Industry Leaders (Daily Energy Insider)
Biden Administration Announces Nearly $11B for Renewable Energy in Rural Communities (Associated Press)
White House to Invest Nearly $11 Billion for Renewable Energy in Rural Areas (CNBC)
RFP Alert: $9.7 Billion to Bring Clean Energy to Rural Electric Co-ops (PV Magazine)
EPA Green Rules Increase Blackout Risks; Emission Caps on Reliable Fuels Will Shut Down Power Plants (Washington Times)
EPA Proposes First Limits on Climate Pollution from Existing Power Plants (The New York Times)
EPA: New Pollution Limits Proposed for U.S. Coal, Gas Power Plant Reflect ‘Urgency’ of Climate Crisis (Associated Press)
Carbon Capture Key to EPA’s New Power Plant Emissions Rule (POWER Magazine)
Power Rule’s Carve-Out Could Undermine Protections (E&E News)
Rural Utility Group Pushes for Permitting Reform in Scramble to Meet Electrification Demand (Reuters)
USDA’s $9.7 Billion for Rural Co-ops Could Leverage 20 GW of Clean Energy (PV Magazine)
Clean Energy Takes Root in Rural America (Politico)
Can Utilities Rise to the Challenges Presented by Decarbonization? (Forbes)
Treasury Department Guidance Urgently Needed to Tap IRA’s Clean Energy ‘Gold Mine,’ Analysts Say (Utility Dive)
Rural Electric Groups Are Gathered in Music City to Discuss the Big Issues (RFD-TV)
Utilities Have the Transition Blues – No Way from Here to There (White House Chronicle) 
More than 600,000 Customers Still Without Power in Florida; FPL Has Restored Power to Almost 80% (Utility Dive)
Sen. Baldwin Introduces Reliable Rail Service Legislation (Transportation Today)
Supply Chain Issues Could Slow Fix of Florida Electric Grid (Associated Press)
Floridians Could Face Weeks Without Power If Ian Leaves Grid ‘Beyond Repair’ (Politico)
End Supply Chain Shortages to Protect Southeast’s Electric Infrastructure, GOP Tells Biden (Daily Energy Insider)
Christmas in August: Electric Utilities Hit Renewable Pay Dirt With IRA Passage (Forbes)
Senate Passes Inflation Reduction Act with $369 Billion in Energy and Climate Spending (Utility Dive)
Despite Compromise, Oil, Gas Bemoans Climate Bill While Renewable Groups Rejoice (S&P Global)
Energy Stakeholders Applaud Senate Passage of Inflation Reduction Act (Daily Energy Insider)
Senate Passes Reconciliation Bill with $40 Billion for Ag (The Fence Post)
Renewable Energy, Electrification Big Winners in Inflation Reduction Act (POWER Magazine)
Senate Passes Inflation Reduction Act, Including Climate-Smart Ag Funding (Progressive Farmer)
Reconciliation Bill Includes Ag Conservation Programs (The Hagstrom Report)
Energy Security, Climate Change Initiatives Endure With Surprise U.S. Senate Deal (POWER Magazine)
Support Rolls In for Clean Energy, Climate Change Provisions in Reconciliation Package (Daily Energy Insider)
Unprecedented Heat and Stressed Grids Make Dangerous Power Outages Increasingly Likely (HuffPost)
Over Half of U.S. at High Risk of Blackouts (Fox News)
Viewpoint: Keep the Lights On During the Energy Transition (Grand Forks Herald)
Rush Toward Green Energy Has Left U.S. ‘Incredibly’ Vulnerable to Summer Blackouts, Expert Warns (Fox News)
U.S. Power Companies Face Supply Chain Crisis This Summer (Reuters)
Two-Thirds of Country Face the Prospect of Blackouts This Summer (Newsy)
Power Access Threatened by Extreme Weather, Spiking Utility Bills (National Journal)
‘Serious’ Supply Chain Issue Threatens Grid Stability, DOE Told (POLITICO Pro)
Rural Utility CEOs Sound Off on Their Biggest Challenges (T&D World)
FEMA Loan Interest Payment Relief Act Through the House (Florida Daily)

Electric Vehicles

Rural States, Groups Tell EPA of Emissions Proposal Concerns (Transport Topics)
Massive Collaborative to Roll Out Electric Vehicles Aims to Electrify Grid by 2030 (Washington Examiner)
Electric Vehicles Are Here and Electric Jets Are Coming. Should We Fear Electrification of the Economy? (Forbes)
Who Wants Biden’s EV-Charging Money? Everybody (E&E News)
The Bet Behind Electrifying the Heartland for EVs (Wall Street Journal)
Electric Co-ops Help Lead Charge to Bring EV Infrastructure to Rural Communities (Automotive News)


Three Rural Electric Cooperatives Awarded DOE Funds for Microgrid Projects (Microgrid Knowledge)
DOE Offers $3M to Encourage Carbon Management, Storage Tech Among Public Power Associations (Daily Energy Insider)
Microgrids Power Through Haiti Earthquake (Microgrid Knowledge)
Tax Credit Would Target Emerging Tech in Solar, Storage and Hydrogen (PV Magazine)