CLEAN POWER PLAN: California’s dependence on imported clean energy could complicate its road to meeting carbon targets. (Bloomberg)

• Industry employees dress as Darth Vader and other pop-culture villains to protest a Nevada utility’s net metering cap. (Reno Gazette-Journal)
• A solar company is threatening to sue to obtain correspondence between a Nevada utility and the governor’s office amid a solar policy dispute. (Las Vegas Sun)
• North Carolina became the fourth state in the country to reach 1 gigawatt of solar photovoltaic capacity. (PV Tech)

WIND: Two new Department of Energy reports find that wind energy continues to surge as prices fall. (Washington Post)

POLLUTION: The EPA is working on revisions to its mercury and air toxics pollution rule that the Supreme Court said recently didn’t fully account for costs. (The Hill)

FRACKING: A Texas man was permanently disfigured after methane from a nearby drilling operation contaminated his water well and exploded, according to a lawsuit. (Courthouse News Service)

KEYSTONE XL: TransCanada is quietly planning a response to what company officials expect will be a rejection of the project from the White House. (CBC News)

• More-efficient mining techniques are expected to help sustain the coal industry. (Bloomberg)
• Operations are suspended once again at an Illinois coal mine due to elevated levels of carbon monoxide detected. (SNL Energy)

• While Texas grid operators are reporting no reliability issues despite a hot summer, there are still concerns about the future. (EnergyWire)
• The PJM Interconnection is expressing concern over how the EPA’s mercury rule will affect reliability. (Platts)

• An Ohio utility will have its chance next month to convince state regulatorsthat its income-guarantee plans for struggling plants will be good for customers.(Columbus Business First)
• A New Mexico utility wants to join a lawsuit seeking to block a newspaper from publishing details of a rate case involving a partial coal plant shutdown. (Albuquerque Journal)

TECHNOLOGY: The infant U.S. wave-to-energy industry looks to build more testing facilities. (ClimateWire)

EFFICIENCY: Next month, global retailer Ikea will start selling only LED light bulbs at its stores as part of its sustainability efforts. (New York Times)

COMMENTARY: How renewable energy can save utilities money. (Utility Dive)

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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