• Los Angeles County files criminal charges against the utility responsible for an ongoing natural gas leak. (Los Angeles Times)
• Crews are drilling relief wells to help stop the leak. (Reuters)
• Federal regulators urge operators of natural gas storage sites to step up efforts to prevent leaks. (Reuters)

CLEAN POWER PLAN: Analysts say the Supreme Court’s decision backing FERC on demand response bodes well for the EPA. (Bloomberg BNA)

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• A federal regulator raises concerns that financial troubles for the coal industry could result in lax oversight of worker safety. (Moneywatch)
• A Mississippi utility announces further delays and cost overruns for a $6 billion coal gasification plant. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
• A Kentucky startup is helping “high-tech hillbillies” transition from coal mining to software development. (Bloomberg Business)
• In an interview, coal CEO Bob Murray explains what motivates him to keep fighting for his industry. (SNL Energy)

• A Nevada utility poses options to regulators for grandfathering existing solar customers from new net metering rules. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
• Solar advocates are pushing for an amendment to a federal energy bill that would let states prohibit utilities from retroactively penalizing solar customers. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
• Nevada’s net metering changes are scaring off investors. (Investor’s Business Daily)
• Despite setbacks in Nevada, SunRun’s CEO has an optimistic long-term outlook. (Fast Company)
• Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker announces a $15 million plan to promote solar and renewable heating systems for low income households. (Lowell Sun)

• Officials in a New York county advance a controversial wind farm that has been ten years in development. (Ithaca Voice)
• Wind opponents in Maine resent having their state used to develop generation to replace shuttered power plants. (Portland Press Herald)

OIL AND GAS: Environmental groups challenge EPA provisions that they say will weaken restrictions on refinery emissions. (Torrance Daily Breeze)

• A new study finds wastewater disposal sites are disproportionately in poor and minority communities. (Environmental Health News)
• Two injection well operators have filed a lawsuit challenging a West Virginia county’s disposal ban. (Beckley Register-Herald)
• A Pennsylvania company is marketing a filtration system to clean up fracking wastewater. (WESA)

NUCLEAR: Georgia Power’s parent company signals more nuclear reactors “will be a dominant solution” for new generation. (EnergyWire)

TRANSMISSION: A settlement between a Texas town and an electric co-op calls for burying a new transmission line after residents raised concerns about aesthetics. (Dallas Morning News)

GEOTHERMAL: A New Jersey family’s geothermal heating system also keeps their driveway clear of snow and ice. (Greenwich Daily Voice)

WILDLIFE: An accidental cold-water discharge from a Pennsylvania power plant kills more than a thousand fish. (PennLive)

COMMENTARY: How the Clean Power Plan can benefit low-income communities. (NRDC Switchboard)

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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