U.S. electricity generated from coal drops to its lowest level since at least 1970. (Climate Central)

One analysis says President Obama’s coal moratorium may have a bigger impact on climate change than the Clean Power Plan. (Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis)
• The moratorium on federal mining leases creates an air of pessimism in Wyoming coal country. (Associated Press)
• Mining companies are finding that structuring production so it flexes with demand may be key to their survival. (Platts)

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SOLAR: Net metering changes will create an obstacle for Nevada businesses hoping to use solar power to meet sustainability goals. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

• An industry lawsuit could force Texas to issue more than $4 billion in tax refunds. (Texas Tribune)
• Calls against drilling off North Carolina’s coast are coming from both political parties. (New Bern Sun Journal)
• Oklahoma’s governor sets aside more than $1 million in emergency funds for earthquake research. (UPI)
The company responsible for a massive gas leak in southern California knew about structural problems a year before the incident. (InsideClimate News)

WIND: The Department of Energy has designed a 50 MW offshore wind turbine with 650-foot blades that fold in to withstand high winds. (Gizmodo)

• How high-voltage direct current transmission lines could play a key role in cutting carbon emissions on the U.S. grid. (Greentech Media)
• Developers of a transmission line are under pressure in Arizona to guarantee at least 50 percent of its capacity will be used for clean energy. (Arizona Daily Star)

• Money managers and Wall Street investors are now on “alert” about the impact climate change can have on stock prices. (ClimateWire)
• A coalition of business, environmental and religious groups are backing a bill to establish a carbon tax in Rhode Island. (Rhode Island Public Radio)

• The U.S. Senate looks to prioritize using nuclear energy as a way to reduce carbon emissions. (Forbes)
• An environmental coalition is working to save a California nuclear plant. (San Francisco Chronicle)

ETHANOL: Outside of Iowa, the federal ethanol mandate is losing favor among policy experts and clean-energy advocates. (New York Times)

HYDROPOWER: The hydropower industry objects to being excluded from a Clean Power Plan investment program. (HydroWorld)

ELECTRIC CARS: A Georgia lawmaker introduces legislation to reinstate a tax credit for buying or leasing electric vehicles. (Atlanta Business Chronicle)

• In the ten years since President George W. Bush declared the U.S. was “addicted to oil,” has anything changed? (Daily Climate)
• Utilities’ strategy to protect profits in the face of technological challenges “is outdated and unsustainable.” (New York Times)
• Will oil’s collapse make Alaska the next Detroit? (CNBC)

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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