SOLAR:
• Nevada led the nation in solar generation per capita last year, according to a new report. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
• A major credit rating agency renews warnings that inaction on solar net metering policies could lead to a “death spiral” for utilities. (SNL / Utility Dive)
• Minnesota regulators adopt a “value of solar” approach to community solar rates, though developers are still concerned over project size caps. (Midwest Energy News)

COAL:
• A new report predicts coal jobs will continue to decline regardless of what happens with the Clean Power Plan. (High Country News)
• How Utah coal interests pushed a plan for an export terminal in California. (High Country News)
• An Arizona coal plant would be partially shut down for part of the year under a haze reduction plan. (Arizona Republic)
• A decision that would limit coal ash pollution from a Montana plant is hailed as a “significant victory” by advocates. (Great Falls Tribune)

PIPELINES:
• Adding new pipeline capacity will prevent the U.S. from hitting emissions targets under the Paris climate agreement, according to a new report. (Reuters)
• Data show approval periods for new natural gas pipelines are getting longer. (Bloomberg)

OIL AND GAS:
• A regional regulatory board delays a decision on proposed emissions limits for refineries in the San Francisco Bay area. (San Jose Mercury News)
• Advocates push Virginia’s governor to pull back on fossil fuels as time runs out on his term. (Southeast Energy News)

CLIMATE:
• Three Midwest attorneys general say the investigation into whether Exxon Mobil misled investors on climate change is a “grave mistake” and an attempt to “police the global warming debate.” (Midwest Energy News)
• Republican delegates are not all in agreement with their party’s position on climate change. (ClimateWire)

NUCLEAR: A court upholds a decision allowing a diversion of water rights for a planned Utah nuclear plant. (Deseret News)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: The White House extends a loan guarantee program to include charging stations for electric vehicles. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY: Hydrogen powered cars slowly gain a foothold in California, but remain costly to operate. (New York Times)

BIOFUELS: A bipartisan group of U.S. Senators pushes for an increase in the EPA’s biodiesel mandate. (The Hill)

COMMENTARY: Solar is most under attack in states where the industry is thriving. (Environment America)

Ken Paulman

Ken is the director of the Energy News Network at Fresh Energy and is a founding editor of both Midwest Energy News and Southeast Energy News. Prior to joining Fresh Energy, he was the managing editor for online news at Minnesota Public Radio. He started his journalism career in 2002 as a copy editor for the Duluth News Tribune before spending five years at the Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington, where he worked as a copy editor, online producer, features editor and night city editor. A Nebraska native, Ken has a bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a master's degree from the University of Oregon. He is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors.

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