COAL: Financial experts say cheap natural gas and an oversupplied market of inexpensive coal were the primary drivers of Peabody’s bankruptcy — not environmental regulations. (ClimateWire)

• Environmental groups hope Peabody’s bankruptcy will hasten the transition from coal to renewables. (MarketWatch)
Right-sizing” will be the next step for the coal industry. (EnergyWire)
• Montana officials will continue studying potential impacts from a proposed coal mine even though developers have suspended the project. (Associated Press)
• Leaders in Wyoming hope technology can save the state’s coal industry. (ClimateWire)

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OFFSHORE DRILLING: The White House releases new safety rules aimed at preventing a repeat of the deadly 2010 BP Gulf oil platform explosion and resulting spill. (New York Times / New Orleans Times-Picayune)

WIND: An Iowa utility plans a $3.6 billion, 2,000 megawatt wind project, which would be the largest economic development project in the state’s history. (The Gazette)

• An internal probe by SunEdison blames an “overly optimistic culture” for the company’s downfall. (SNL Energy)
• New Mexico is expected to hit its cap on solar tax credits this summer. (Santa Fe New Mexican)
• A California utility led the U.S. in solar installations last year with more than 1.2 GW. (PV Tech)

POWER GRID: Federal lawmakers urge agencies to bolster cyber defenses to protect the U.S. power grid. (The Hill)

• A Canadian evangelical climate researcher confronts the challenges with convincing American conservatives to care about climate change. (Midwest Energy News)
• A Florida Republican Congressman in a heated election battle says he’s “sick and tired” of his party’s denial of climate change and wants now to focus on solutions. (Tampa Bay Times)
• California’s pension fund pushes Noble Energy to release an annual climate change statement. (Reuters)

CLEAN ENERGY: A report says global investing in renewable energy infrastructure could drive costs down 30 percent. (Huffington Post)

NUCLEAR: Operators of a the Pilgrim nuclear plant in Massachusetts say it will be shut down in May 2019. (Boston Globe)

GEOTHERMAL: A report says building more geothermal plants along California’s Salton Sea could save ratepayers millions. (Palm Springs Desert Sun)

• “We still need prudent public policies that ensure coal companies pay their cleanup costs.” (New York Times)
How fracking became a key issue in the New York primaries. (Washington Post)
• Three different ways rural co-ops have cut costs on community solar. (RMI)
Hispanic workers in Nevada are particularly hard-hit by the departure of solar installers. (Las Vegas Sun)

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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