NUCLEAR: Placing carbon reductions above other concerns, some major environmental groups are softening their opposition to nuclear power. (Wall Street Journal)

ALSO: A Nebraska utility votes to close an uneconomic nuclear plant to save money over the next 20 years, while decommissioning costs are estimated at $1.2 billion. (Omaha World-Herald)

CLEAN POWER PLAN: The Obama administration is moving ahead with Clean Power Plan incentives for states despite a Supreme Court stay on the rules. (The Hill)

SOLAR:
• A new study says rate reforms could help settle disputes over net metering. (Utility Dive)
• Montana regulators suspend state rates for small solar projects, allowing utilities to negotiate case-by-case until new rates are established. (Associated Press)
• More people are opting to own, rather than lease, solar panels. (MarketWatch)
• An Illinois appeals court says ComEd is not required to offer net metering to community solar projects. (Cook County Record)

WIND: Why the West Coast’s underwater terrain makes it a more difficult place to site offshore wind. (San Diego Union-Tribune)

TRANSMISSION: Clean Line developers say a bill in Congress to stop one of their projects “changes the rules in the last quarter of the game.” (KUAR)

RENEWABLES:
• A Vermont utility’s unique weather forecasting tool helps it better plan for changes in wind and solar generation. (Daily Energy Insider)
• Rhode Island clean energy legislation will be presented as a standalone bill after being pulled from the state’s budget over a controversial carve-out for a wind developer. (GoLocalProv)
• A Nevada panel explores establishing a “green bank” to help encourage investment in clean energy. (Las Vegas Sun)

COAL:
• Senate Democrats introduce legislation to require mining companies to prove they can pay for cleaning up their sites. (The Hill)
A judge says it is “alarming” that contaminated water continues to seep from a Montana coal ash pond four years after a cleanup agreement. (Associated Press)
• Maryland drops its opposition to Dominion Virginia Power’s plan to release treated coal ash water after the utility agrees to stricter testing standards. (Washington Post)

OIL BY RAIL: Oregon calls on federal regulators to ban oil trains in the state. (Reuters)

REGULATION: A federal energy regulator foresees ongoing tension between states and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission over deregulated markets and keeping open uneconomic power plants. (EnergyWire)

BIOMASS: Advocates push back at efforts in Congress to declare burning wood for electricity a carbon neutral energy source. (Washington Post)

ELECTRIC CARS: A California board approves $10 million in tax credits for a new electric car manufacturer. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY:
• In the case of Peabody Energy, “sometimes bankruptcy can just make an awful company even worse.” (Vox)
• Why carbon capture is unlikely to save coal. (The Conversation)

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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