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Despite delay, states moving forward on Clean Power Plan

CLEAN POWER PLAN:
• Experts in China and India say the Supreme Court’s decision to delay the Clean Power Plan could upend the Paris climate accord. (New York Times)
• A White House spokesman says the U.S. can still reach its climate goals despite the delay. (Reuters)
Texas, Georgia and Kentucky are among states that have slowed or stopped work on Clean Power Plan compliance; West Virginia and Arizona will still move forward with studying options. (Texas Tribune, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Associated Press, Arizona Republic)
• Meanwhile, New York, Virginia, California, Colorado, Washington and Pennsylvania have announced they’ll continue moving forward on compliance. (Bloomberg, Pittsburgh Business Times)
• Colorado’s governor and attorney general remain divided on the plan. (Durango Herald)
• The Clean Power Plan delay won’t stop the growth of clean energy. (Reuters)
A national utility trade group says the Supreme Court ruling “doesn’t really change anything” as utilities will continue to shift to natural gas and renewables. (RTO Insider)

ALSO:
• Legal experts say the Supreme Court’s decision may have opened the door to other regulatory challenges. (Greenwire)
• The decision could also shape the outcome of some U.S. Senate races. (The Hill)

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CLIMATE: Washington state lawmakers consider putting a price on carbon. (Oregon Public Broadcasting/KCTS9)

SOLAR:
• Thirty-five years after Ronald Reagan famously removed the solar panels from the White House roof, a solar array will be installed on a building bearing his name. (Washington Free Beacon)
• Despite the extension of federal tax credits last year, losses by rooftop solar companies have accelerated. (New York Times)
• A new report finds 20 states are currently at grid parity for residential rooftop solar. (Greentech Media)
• A Texas utility is embracing solar + storage. (Utility Dive)
• The first national trade association for community solar in the U.S. launched earlier this week. (Utility Dive)

NEVADA:
• A new draft proposal from Nevada regulators will not grandfather in existing solar customers from net metering changes. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Tesla joins the opposition to increased fixed charges. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
• An official with the Nevada Public Utilities Commission says solar protests “are getting really tense” and says some demonstrators are carrying firearms. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

CLEAN ENERGY:
• A Montana ballot initiative seeks to increase the state’s renewable energy standard to 80 percent by 2050. (Great Falls Tribune)
• Corporations in Michigan seek to overcome policy barriers as they meet companywide goals to run on more renewable energy. (Midwest Energy News)
• Budget cuts to a state program could mean fewer clean energy projects in Alaska. (KTVA)

FRACKING:
• A Colorado county temporarily halts permits for drilling within 1,500 feet of homes, schools or public buildings. (Colorado Public Radio)
• Industry groups say a proposed severance tax increase will “spell disaster” for Pennsylvania drilling companies. (Pittsburgh Business Times)
• California’s proposed new methane rules would be the nation’s strongest. (InsideClimate News)

UTILITIES: New York’s governor wants an investigation of a utility’s decision to close a coal-fired plant rather than run it on natural gas. (Buffalo News)

EFFICIENCY: A new report says an “all hands on deck” approach to energy efficiency could meet 30 percent of the nation’s electricity system needs in 10 years. (Utility Dive)

COMMENTARY:
Despite this week’s Supreme Court ruling on the Clean Power Plan, the U.S. must continue on a path toward clean energy. (Los Angeles Times)
Why the solar “duck curve” is a challenge for utilities. (Vox)
Is a national power grid the solution to energy storage issues? (Fast Company)

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