POLICY: Maryland’s Republican governor sends a mixed message on climate after approving a carbon reduction goal but vetoing a new renewable energy standard, a move the latter bill’s sponsor calls “infuriating.” (ClimateWire, Climate Progress)

CLEAN POWER PLAN: State officials across the country continue to hold closed-door meetings about the future of the federal rules. (ClimateWire)

CONGRESS: Dispute over a conservation program threatens progress on a House energy bill. (The Hill)

NUCLEAR:
• Urgency builds around keeping aging U.S. nuclear plants operating as zero-carbon energy sources. (New York Times)
• Seattle’s city council passes a resolution calling for replacement of nuclear energy with other carbon-free sources. (Seattle Times)

FRACKING:
• A decision last week by two federal agencies clears the way for fracking off California’s coast, environmental groups say they “fundamentally disagree” with the analysis. (San Diego Union-Tribune, KEYT)
• A judge dismisses a lawsuit filed by oil and gas developers against Pennsylvania fracking opponents. (Pittsburgh Tribune)

OIL AND GAS: Poorly mapped abandoned gas wells put homes at risk. (NPR)

GRID: A report finds solar and efficiency have eliminated the need for $192 million in transmission upgrades in California. (Greentech Media)

WIND: An offshore system set for Rhode Island’s coast could reshape power markets in South Florida and elsewhere in the Southeast. (Scientific American)

COAL ASH: The North Carolina legislature reforms a coal ash oversight commission despite a threatened veto by Gov. Pat McCrory. (Southeast Energy News)

COAL:
• Montana’s governor meets with residents concerned about the shutdown of a nearby coal plant: “Nobody for certain knows where all of this is going.” (Billings Gazette)
• The company leading an underground coal gasification project in Wyoming files for bankruptcy. (SNL Energy)

SOLAR:
• Consumer advocates say a New Jersey utility’s plan to add 100 MW of solar transfers too much risk to ratepayers. (Bergen County Record)
• Nebraska is set to quintuple the amount of solar being produced in the state this year. (NET)
• Advocates say a northern Minnesota utility’s community solar program would limit third-party developers in its service territory. (Midwest Energy News)
• An old toxic waste dump in South Carolina could host a large solar farm in part to defray the dump’s maintenance costs. (The State)

HYDRO: A high cost for restoration means a century-old hydropower plant in Arizona will likely be shut down for good. (Arizona Republic)

ELECTRIC CARS: Texas Republicans push to allow Tesla to sell directly to consumers. (AutoBlog)

COMMENTARY:
• How the Clean Power Plan can help asthma sufferers. (Philadelphia Tribune)
• In Utah, “we are clearly seeing a surge in solar power and other renewable energy sources that will continue to relegate coal to a lesser place in the energy pantheon.” (Deseret News)

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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