• A New Hampsire senator becomes the first congressional Republican to openly support the Clean Power Plan. (The Hill)
• As opponents line up to challenge the new federal rules in court, the EPA is helping states buy time on complying with the plan. (ClimateWire)

OVERSIGHT: Arizona regulators reject a public records request that would help determine whether they collaborated with utilities on a letter regarding campaign finance disclosure. (Arizona Republic)

• New York state is betting $750 million on a solar plant that officials hope will help revive Buffalo’s economy. (New York Times)
• A Utah utility says its plan to allow subscriptions to utility-scale solar projects “will offer customers a terrific value.” (St. George Daily Spectrum)

COAL: A judge rules the Interior Department shouldn’t have allowed the expansion of a Montana coal mine without taking a closer look at environmental impact. (Associated Press)

NUCLEAR: Federal regulators advance an application to add two new reactors to a Texas nuclear plant. (San Antonio Business Journal)

NATURAL GAS: Though barriers remain, Great Lakes ships may turn to Liquified Natural Gas instead of petroleum for fuel, which could significantly cut the industry’s emissions. (Great Lakes Echo)

CLIMATE: A prominent social scientist in Michigan explains how a recent executive order from President Obama will make it easier for people to help fight climate change. (Midwest Energy News)

MEDIA: ExxonMobil is attacking journalists who revealed the company’s climate research history. (Vice)

POLLUTION: Murray Energy sues over new federal ozone standards, calling the new rules “illegal and destructive.” (The Hill)

DIVESTMENT: Rockefeller Brothers Fund’s decision to drop fossil fuel stocks turns out to have been a wise move. (CNN Money)

TECHNOLOGY: Meet the engineer whose invention helped expose the VW emissions scandal. (Greenwire)

POWER GRID: A study by the Union of Concerned Scientists illustrates how ill-prepared the East and Gulf coasts are to a category 3 or higher hurricane. (InsideClimate News)

• Why the House science committee is undermining science. (Vox)
• The coal industry has wounded itself much worse than President Obama’s policies ever could. (Forbes)

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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