• 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)

• 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)

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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