OIL AND GAS: Oil prices will likely fall again after a meeting of 18 nations fails to reach an agreement to freeze production. (New York Times)

• U.S. natural gas production set a record in 2015 despite falling prices. (Houston Chronicle)
• A drilling company challenges the rejection of a federal lease in Montana over tribal concerns. (Associated Press)
• Developers scrap plans for a $6 billion export terminal in Oregon. (Daily Astorian)
• Wyoming officials move to plug a company’s wells after it fails to follow through with cleanup orders. (Billings Gazette)
• Payouts in a Pennsylvania settlement over leasing royalties are delayed after the state’s attorney general files a legal action in the case. (Pittsburgh Tribune)

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• The EPA reaffirms its rule regulating mercury and other toxins “is appropriate and necessary,” projecting benefits as high at $90 billion for $9.6 billion in costs; Murray Energy threatens to sue over the finding. (Greenwire, SNL Energy)
• The agency removes language from a proposed bill that would have prevented car owners from making performance upgrades. (The Hill)

CLEAN POWER PLAN: Texas energy companies sit out the state’s fight over the Clean Power Plan. (NPR)

• Documents show climate scientists and environmental lawyers advised a group of state attorneys general prior to their investigations into ExxonMobil. (Reuters)
• It’s becoming harder for some south Florida Republicans to work within their party as leaders continue to deny climate change. (National Public Radio)

• The coal industry’s decline has been years in the making. (Quartz)
• Utilities in Michigan and Indiana retired 2,000 MW of coal generation last week. (Platts)

PIPELINES: Michigan officials oppose a plan to pump oil through idled pipelines beneath the St. Clair River that are nearly 100 years old. (The Hill)

• A ballot measure in Arizona would amend the state’s constitution to preserve net metering. (Arizona Republic)
• California lawmakers pass a bill that would give consumers equal access to net metering regardless of their utility territory. (PV Tech)

WIND: A massive wind farm is being developed near a Montana coal plant with a transmission connection to the Pacific Northwest. (Missoulian)

TRANSMISSION: Wildlife protections may jeopardize plans for a key Western transmission project. (Greenwire)

CALIFORNIA: A judge finds Shell and Iberdrola defrauded Californians of more than $1 billion during the state’s 2000-2001 energy crisis. (Los Angeles Times)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: An Arizona utility plans to convert its entire 2,100 vehicle fleet to electric. (Phoenix Business Journal)

COMMENTARY: The bipartisan history of the Clean Power Plan. (U.S. News and World Report)

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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