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Another pivotal energy case on tap for Supreme Court

SUPREME COURT: How another, more obscure case could have a major impact on clean energy development. (SNL Energy)

CLIMATE: A group of leading climate scientists warn that the worst effects of climate change could be felt in decades, not centuries. (New York Times)

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SOLAR: 
• Solar advocates sue to overturn net metering changes in Nevada. (Nevada Appeal)
• National solar companies organize to stop a compromise between utilities and installers in Maine. (Associated Press)
• Rooftop solar companies push Arizona’s governor to veto a bill that would impose new requirements on their industry. (Arizona Republic)
• South Carolina’s state-owned utility approves a community solar program and increased rebates for solar panels. (Charleston Post and Courier)
• Utilities across the country are seeing opportunities in community solar. (Greentech Media)

CLEAN ENERGY:
• Maryland lawmakers advance a bill to increase the state’s renewable energy standard to 25 percent by 2020. (Capital Gazette)
• Apple says that 93 percent of its facilities worldwide run on renewable energy. (Greentech Media)
• Nevada business and environmental leaders say a revived state task force offers the best path forward for clean energy in the state. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
• New York regulators increase the size of projects qualifying for interconnection to 5 MW. (Platts)

WIND: Federal officials are evaluating plans for an 800 MW offshore wind farm in California. (Bloomberg)

COAL:
• A former Peabody executive says “there’s never been a better time to be investing in coal.” (SNL Energy)
• Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan asks Peabody Energy to prove it has the resources to pay for mine reclamation in Southern Illinois. (Associated Press)
• Researchers attempt to tally the impact of mountaintop removal mining in West Virginia. (The Atlantic)

FINANCE: A new report shows that a $105 million public investment in Michigan could leverage roughly $3 billion in private spending on clean energy through the creation of a “green bank.” (Midwest Energy News)

CLEAN POWER PLAN:
• Sen. Mitch McConnell sends a letter to governors urging them to stop work on the Clean Power Plan. (The Hill)
An EPA official says it would be “premature” to speculate about compliance deadlines changing. (Bloomberg BNA)

NUCLEAR: An industry group wants more “efficient” rules for decommissioning power plants. (Utility Dive)

OIL AND GAS:
• Environmental groups reach a tentative agreement with the Department of Justice on greenhouse gas emissions from federal oil and gas leases in Montana. (Associated Press)
• Fracking opponents in Pennsylvania question the climate benefits of natural gas. (NPR)
• Major institutions struggle to meet sustainability goals by transitioning away from natural gas. (EnergyWire)

GRID: A Texas utility’s pilot project promise solar plus storage at 14 cents a watt. (Greentech Media)

TECHNOLOGY: Developers pull the plug on a tidal power project in Washington state. (Energy Policy Update)

COMMENTARY:
• “Saying this is a war on coal is (like) saying the Internet is a war on typewriters.” (New Republic)
• Arizona agencies “appear beholden to the fossil fuel industry” as they fight the Clean Power Plan. (Arizona Republic)
• How California utilities, lawmakers and industries teamed up to promote energy storage. (Renewable Energy World)

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