COAL: EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt says he plans to revise a wastewater rule for power plants that the agency put on hold in April. (Associated Press)

POLITICS: The Sierra Club seeks to force the Energy Department to reveal the groups it consulted with in developing its grid reliability study. (Reuters)

FERC: New FERC chair Neil Chatterjee said Monday that coal and nuclear plants must be compensated properly “to recognize the value they provide to the system.” (Washington Examiner)

NUCLEAR:
• Efforts to give hundreds of millions of dollars in tax credits to the Vogtle nuclear project in Georgia seem stuck in the U.S. Senate as lawmakers look at a broader tax overhaul. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
• Supporters of Georgia’s troubled Vogtle nuclear plant are asking the Trump administration to help the project to ensure its completion. (Bloomberg)
• An analysis says it is likely that future plans to build full size nuclear reactors in the U.S. “are now being put on indefinite hold.” (Energy Collective)
• Former Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz says the decline of the U.S. nuclear sector is a threat to national security. (Bloomberg)
• A Utah startup is pursuing a thorium reactor. (Salt Lake Tribune)

COAL: Wyoming leaders object to a proposal to provide federal subsidies for Appalachian coal. (Wyoming Tribune Eagle)

TRANSPORTATION:
• How electric vehicles and cheap oil disrupted a push to fuel cars with natural gas. (Bloomberg)
• The Trump administration has started the process of rolling back U.S. fuel standards for cars and light trucks by opening a public comment period. (NPR)

OIL AND GAS:
• Dozens of pipeline opponents walk out of a public hearing in Pennsylvania in protest. (NPR)
• Nebraska farmers and landowners vow to continue fighting the Keystone XL pipeline in court if state regulators approve new construction through the state. (Bloomberg)
• Plans to protect a threatened West Texas lizard could be upended by frac sand mining operations. (Texas Tribune)

WIND: Opponents of a Maine wind farm appeal to county officials to block the project. (CentralMaine.com)

SOLAR:
• Major solar companies object to a planned rate structure overhaul by Nevada’s largest utility. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
• Organizers in an Indiana city are launching an effort to get new solar installation contracts signed ahead of net metering changes. (Indiana Public Media)

CLIMATE:
• California Republicans get pushback from within their party for supporting the state’s cap-and-trade program. (Los Angeles Times)
• A Colorado town becomes the fourth in the state to set a 100% renewable energy target. (Denver Post)

COMMENTARY:
• An official with NRG says zero-emissions credits for nuclear plants like those in Illinois are “bad public policy” and “no win for renewables.” (Greentech Media)
• Why rural co-ops are taking the lead on community solar. (Greentech Media)

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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