CLIMATE: An analysis of court documents finds Peabody Energy has funded at least two dozen groups that spread misinformation about climate change and oppose environmental regulations. (Guardian)

COAL: U.S. coal production is at its lowest level since a 1981 miners’ strike. (New York Times)

GRID:
• A New York utility announces a $15 million solar + storage pilot project. (Greentech Media)
• An analysis predicts battery storage will be as widespread in 12 years as rooftop solar is today. (Bloomberg)
• However, MIT researchers say widespread storage isn’t necessary for a cleaner grid. (Greentech Media)
• A study says uniting California’s grid with other western states will increase emissions. (Public News Service)
• Flywheel storage helps an Alaska co-op get 99.8 percent of its electricity from renewables. (EnergyWire)
• A decision by Texas regulators to avoid capacity markets may be saving ratepayers billions. (Greentech Media)

RENEWABLES: A report finds renewable energy will attract two-thirds of all investment in new electric capacity between now and 2040. (Reuters)

COAL ASH: In a new study paid for by advocates represented in a lawsuit against Duke Energy, Duke University scientists find harmful effects can last years even after ash ponds have closed. (Raleigh News & Observer)

OIL BY RAIL:
• Union Pacific railroad says a broken bolt is to blame for an oil train derailment in the Columbia River Gorge earlier this month. (Associated Press)
• Despite production declines, millions of gallons of volatile Bakken crude oil are still being shipped by rail. (LaCrosse Tribune)

FRACKING: The Massachusetts senate unanimously approves a ten-year fracking ban in the state. (Portland Press Herald)

SOLAR: Minnesota’s Public Utilities Commission rejects the practice by rural electric cooperatives to apply fixed charges on solar installations without regulatory approval. (Midwest Energy News)

WIND: A last-minute provision in a Rhode Island budget bill could reverse a decision by state regulators regarding the interconnection of wind projects, and has drawn accusations of favoritism. (Providence Journal)

NUCLEAR: Nuclear shutdowns raise reliability concerns in the Northeast. (Pittsburgh Tribune)

POLITICS:
• A report details $1.3 billion in diversions from New Jersey’s clean energy fund over the past decade. (NJ Spotlight)
• A $150 million clean energy fund in Hawaii has so far financed only 11 projects. (Associated Press)

FINANCE: The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture is helping rural communities with renewable energy and efficiency projects. (Utility Dive)

COMMENTARY:
• Net metering sounds simple, but is it fair? (The Hill)
• How energy efficiency makes Clean Power Plan targets easy to achieve. (American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy)

Ken Paulman

Ken Paulman

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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