OIL AND GAS: An analysis finds bankruptcies in the oil and gas industry rival the telecom bust of 2002. (Reuters)

• Oil executives plan for new drilling as prices appear to be moving back upward. (Reuters)
• Following the state Supreme Court’s rejection of local fracking bans, an industry group in Colorado focus its attention to fighting ballot measures. (Denver Business Journal)
• Texas regulators approve a controversial oil-and-gas waste dump. (San Antonio Business Journal)

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CLIMATE: A study finds phasing out of federal leases for fossil fuels will be necessary to meet climate goals. (InsideClimate News)

A closer look at the deal that led to a solar “cease-fire” in Arizona. (Utility Dive)
• Rolling back of net metering policies is making home energy storage more attractive. (Bloomberg)

WIND: Proposed energy siting legislation in Vermont would require state regulators to develop noise guidelines for wind turbines. (VTDigger)

• A new report concludes coal companies will not be able to meet their growing environmental and financial liabilities. (Platts)
• The EPA asks a judge to toss a coal company’s lawsuit over pollution regulations. (The Hill)
• A U.S. Interior Department official visits a North Dakota coal mine to examine first-hand the impacts of proposed stream protection rules. (Bismarck Tribune)
• Blaming low capacity prices, Dynegy threatens to shut down more than 2,000 MW of coal capacity in downstate Illinois. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
• Louisiana puts a hold on a controversial export terminal. (New Orleans Times-Picayune)

• Intense lobbying on the Clean Power Plan continues in Congress. (Bloomberg)
• New polls find strong public support for the Clean Power Plan in three Midwest states where attorneys general are fighting it. (Midwest Energy News)

• The National Association of Manufacturers says new pipeline capacity will be needed to ensure adequate natural gas supplies. (Business Journals)
• Opponents of a New England natural gas pipeline continue to fight the project despite developers putting it on hold. (New Hampshire Union Leader)

EFFICIENCY: An Illinois real-time pricing program is saving utility customers millions, according to the nonprofit operating the program. (Midwest Energy News)

GRID: Backers of energy storage say state officials and regulators aren’t paying enough attention to the technology. (SNL Energy)

CALIFORNIA: State officials consider grid management reforms amid the prospect of blackouts this summer. (Greenwire)

MEDIA: Scientists develop a “hype detector” to evaluate climate coverage. (New York Times)

COMMENTARY: How better grid management can prevent “to cheap to meter” solar. (Greentech Media)

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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