SOLAR: How the solar industry and utilities in New York reached a compromise on net metering. (Utility Dive)

ALSO:
• A Nevada task force recommends grandfathering existing customers into the state’s old net metering rates. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
• A Hawaii utility opposes increasing the state’s net metering cap. (Pacific Business Journal)

GRID:
• California regulators approve expedited plans to add battery storage to avoid blackouts this summer. (Los Angeles Times)
• Dynegy proposes a bill in the Illinois legislature that would move all of the state into the PJM power market. (RTO Insider)

OIL AND GAS:
• A federal agency contradicts an EPA finding that water near a Pennsylvania drilling site is safe to drink. (EnergyWire)
• An April saltwater pipeline rupture shut down a strategic oil reserve in Texas for five weeks. (Greenwire)

WIND: A judge rejects a proposed 104 MW wind project in remote eastern Oregon amid concerns over impact on sage grouse habitat. (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

COAL: Arch Coal sells its stake in a proposed Washington state export terminal, raising doubts about the project’s future. (Casper Star-Tribune)

NUCLEAR: Environmental groups push regulators to shut down a nuclear plant near New York City, saying inspection reports reveal new safety concerns. (AFP)

UTILITIES: A Wisconsin economist says regulators have tools at their disposal to help utilities find value in clean energy and distributed generation for their shareholders. (Midwest Energy News)

EFFICIENCY:
• The strongest growth in combined heat and power systems recently has been in multifamily housing. (Greentech Media)
• Efforts to increase efficiency standards in Austin, Texas generate concerns about economic segregation. (Austin Monitor)

ACTIVISM:
• “Keytstonization” by climate activists is slowing pipeline development throughout the U.S. (Houston Chronicle)
• Questions surface about a Virginia philanthropist’s hopes to package and sell to utilities coal bundled with carbon credits from tree planting. (Greenwire)

CLIMATE:
• Five Republican senators call on the U.S. Attorney General to drop any inquiries into whether oil companies worked to mislead the public on climate change. (Houston Chronicle)
• One of the world’s largest insurers warns the U.S. to stop subsidizing insurance for homes built in areas vulnerable to sea level rise. (Climate Change News) 

CONGRESS: Early discussions of the House version of a sweeping energy plan are off to a rocky start. (E&E Daily)

POLITICS:
• Presidential candidate Donald Trump delivers an energy speech in North Dakota, with some questionable claims and few specifics. (Washington Post)
• Trump sidesteps a Wyoming reporter’s question about the economics of coal. (Media Matters)

COMMENTARY: Stop treating climate change as “a back-burner issue.” (Los Angeles Times)

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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