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Maine’s governor proposes ending net metering

SOLAR:
• Maine’s governor proposes ending net metering after a three-year “grandfather” period. (Maine Public Broadcasting)
• A liberal New York congresswoman explains why she partnered with a utility industry group on a letter opposing net metering. (Grist)
• San Diego cancels five projects with SunEdison amid the company’s bankruptcy. (San Diego Union-Tribune)

COAL:
• A federal bankruptcy judge says Peabody Energy can still face mine reclamation requirements as it moves through bankruptcy. (Midwest Energy News)
Wyoming’s governor signs an agreement to partner with a consortium of Japanese companies to research “clean” coal technologies. (Associated Press)
Consol Energy agrees to pay Kentucky-based Booth Energy $44 million to assume responsibility for the last of its West Virginia coal operations. (Tribune-Review)

RAIL: The city council in Spokane, Washington will ask voters to decide on a proposal to fine railroads for shipping crude oil and uncovered loads of coal through the city. (Spokane Spokesman-Review)

OIL & GAS: The company responsible for the Aliso Canyon gas leak should install safety valves on its wells, according to a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles. (Los Angeles Times)

GRID: Rhode Island regulators question the need for a proposed new natural gas plant. (Providence Journal)

UTILITIES: A new survey shows how utilities are dealing with increasingly complex markets. (Greentech Media)

CLEAN ENERGY: Washington D.C.’s mayor signs a law creating a 50 percent renewable standard for the district by 2032. (Solar Industry)

POLITICS: Thousands march in Philadelphia to oppose fracking. (EcoWatch)

NUCLEAR: The U.S. nuclear industry has been in “survival mode” since 2012 when operating costs began to jump and natural gas became cheaper. (EnergyWire)

HYDRO: Federal regulators and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers agree to streamline the planning process for developing new hydropower at the Corps’ federal facilities. (Transmission & Distribution World)

BIOENERGY: A Connecticut supermarket chain ships nearly 20 tons of daily food waste to a new “Green Energy” plant. (Hartford Courant)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A new online tool tracks electric vehicle sales data for all 50 states. (CleanTechnica)

COMMENTARY: Here’s how Appalachia can start recovering from coal’s decline. (Nexus Media)

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