• More than 134,000 people – some camping out overnight – have already put down deposits for Tesla’s new $35,000 Model 3, which doesn’t go on sale for another year. (Reuters, Bloomberg)
• Elon Musk calls the Model 3 “the final step in the master plan, which is a mass market, affordable car.” (New York Times)

• Ohio regulators approve two modified, eight-year income-guarantee requests for two utilities’ aging coal and nuclear plants, saying the plan “benefits ratepayers and the public interest.” (Cleveland Plain Dealer, SNL Energy)
• New York utilities will partner with MIT to develop a new pricing plan for distributed generation. (EnergyWire)
• The CEO of Chicago-based ComEd wants the utility to be a leader in developing distributed energy systems, helping to bring a “third industrial revolution.” (Utility Dive)

• The Florida Supreme Court authorizes a utility-backed solar amendment for the November ballot. (Associated Press)
• California’s transportation agency is exploring using “solar road” technology on state highways. (Bakersfield Californian)
• A report finds more than 500 projects valued at $617 million are in limbo as Massachusetts debates solar policy. (PV Tech)

• Arch Coal joins Peabody in announcing layoffs at Wyoming mines, bringing the total to 430. (Billings Gazette)
• An initiative planned in Illinois looks to institute a 5 percent severance tax on coal mining that would help bolster state and local budgets. (Midwest Energy News)
Washington’s governor says he’ll sign a bill authorizing a state utility to set aside funds for shutting down two units at a Montana coal plant it owns a stake in. (Associated Press)
• A Montana utility executive says the prospect of taking over the two coal units “is very inconsistent with the risk profile that we have.” (Billings Gazette)
• A unit at a Wyoming coal plant will shut down rather than convert to natural gas. (Casper Star-Tribune)
Thousands of miners and supporters are set to rally today near Pittsburgh over bankrupt companies dumping their benefits. (West Virginia Metro News)

• A Gallup poll finds more than half of Americans now oppose fracking, up from 40 percent a year ago. (UPI)
• The debate over fracking escalates in the Colorado legislature. (Denver Post)

• A study finds a significant explosion hazard from Boston’s aging natural gas network. (InsideClimate News)
• The New York Times takes a deeper look at the causes and impacts of the Porter Ranch natural gas leak.

PIPELINES: FERC delays a decision on a proposed East Coast natural gas pipeline until December. (Allentown Morning Call)

BIOFUELS: An oil industry group decides not to pursue a ballot measure challenging Oregon’s renewable fuels standard. (Portland Business Journal)

EFFICIENCY: Energy efficiency moves to the center stage for reducing greenhouse gas emissions as the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan is on hold. (ClimateWire)

COMMENTARY: The outspoken critics of Solyndra are strangely silent on federal subsidies for coal. (Huffington Post)

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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