CLEAN POWER PLAN: As Oklahoma’s attorney general blasts the EPA at a House hearing, a California congressman questions his ties to the oil and gas industry. (Oklahoman)

POLICY: Saying it “increases taxes,” Maryland’s governor vetos a bill to increase the state’s renewable energy standard; lawmakers have enough votes to override the veto next year. (Bay Journal)

WIND:
A Virginia utility loses a $40 million federal grant for an offshore wind project as environmentalists charge it dragged its feet thereby inviting officials to pull the funding. (The Virginian-Pilot, Richmond Times-Dispatch)
• A University of Maine offshore wind project gets a $40 million boost from the Department of Energy. (Bangor Daily News)

COAL: Duke University researchers find ash from coal burned in Appalachia is rich in coveted rare earth minerals. (Science Daily)

PIPELINES:
• Federal and state authorities withdraw a construction permit for the Dakota Access oil pipeline in Iowa to investigate reports it crosses sacred tribal burial grounds. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)
• New Jersey advocates say the federal government should suspend review of a proposed natural gas pipeline until developers provide adequate data on environmental impacts. (NJ Spotlight)

OIL AND GAS: A Washington state report says a rail or barge spill into the Columbia River could cost $170 million and take decades to fully repair. (Associated Press)

SOLAR:
• An Iowa college considers a third-party solar-plus-storage project on campus as a way to increase its solar generation by working around its utility. (Midwest Energy News)
• Amid a solar boom in Montana, changes to net metering are under consideration in the state legislature. (Billings Gazette)

NUCLEAR: An industry official says there needs to be a greater sense of urgency to keep nuclear plants from closing prematurely. (Toledo Blade)

UTILITIES:
• New York’s grid overhaul will help create new business models for utilities. (EnergyWire)
• The parent company of Kansas City Power & Light will buy rival Westar Energy for $8.6 billion. (Reuters)

TRANSMISSION: Delaware officials dispute a federal decision requiring the state’s ratepayers to cover the costs of a transmission line that mostly benefits neighboring New Jersey. (Delaware Onlin)

RENEWABLES:
• A Nevada renewable energy task force has already “punted” on several key issues. (Las Vegas Sun)
• U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz says the federal government plays a critical role in helping develop clean energy. (NPR)

CLIMATE: Rhode Island Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse says he’ll continue pushing for action on climate change: “Our grandchildren will look back at us as a particularly loathsome and shallow generation.” (PRI)

COMMENTARY:
• A decision by Texas officials to order the removal of photos of oil spill damage from a state website reveals a “cozy relationship” with the industry. (El Paso Times)
• Why there’s a gender divide on nuclear power. (Vox)

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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