CLEAN POWER PLAN:
Nevada’s attorney general joins the multi-state lawsuit trying to block the EPA’s carbon rules. (The Hill)
• Opponents argue in federal court that the plan threatens local businesses and would disproportionately harm minorities. (EnergyWire)

GRID: A surplus of clean energy in California is driving a push to better integrate the state’s grid with its neighbors. (Bloomberg)

SOLAR:
• A report finds 46 states took some action on solar policy in 2015. (Greentech Media)
• A Wisconsin electric co-op and Xcel Energy announce separate plans that would double the state’s solar capacity. (LaCrosse Tribune)
• A Nevada utility is part of a coalition trying to block an effort to hold a public vote on the state’s net metering policy. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
• A Massachusetts college’s solar project is caught in the middle of an ethics probe into a state lawmaker’s conduct. (Boston Globe)
• An agreement between a utility and the city of Las Vegas will offset 100 percent of municipal electricity use with solar power. (Las Vegas Sun)

CLIMATE:
• A ballot measure to establish a carbon tax in Washington state faces opposition from lawmakers over its projected budget impact. (Seattle Times)
• Vermont’s governor pushes the state’s retirement board to drop coal and oil investments. (Associated Press)
• A report warns climate change could cost Montana’s agriculture industry as much as $736 million a year. (Billings Gazette)

WIND:
• MISO reports a new daily peak in wind power generation. (SNL Energy)
• Ohio advocates say the state’s restrictive setback requirements for wind turbines is a double standard, and lawmakers who support it do not place the same limitations on oil and gas development. (Midwest Energy News)
• Little remains of the world’s first wind farm, which was built in New Hampshire in 1980. (Granite Geek)
• A wind farm operator in West Virginia is sentenced to pay $30,000 for deaths of migratory birds.(Charleston Gazette-Mail)

OIL AND GAS:
• EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy says U.S. methane emissions are higher than previously thought. (Reuters)
• Pennsylvania is seeing little interest from drillers in leasing state forest land. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
• Colorado lawmakers kill a bill that would have required local governments to compensate mineral rights holders for drilling bans. (Durango Herald)
• The West Virginia Senate passes bills to limit lawsuits and allow companies to build roads before a drilling permit is issued. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

COAL:
Ohio-based FirstEnergy says its stake in a Montana coal mine is worth nothing. (Associated Press)
• U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell says coal companies must be responsible for paying the cleanup costs of spent mines. (Reuters)

NUCLEAR:
• New York regulators consider a policy that would provide incentives to keep nuclear plants online. (Daily Freeman)
• A report finds emissions rose in the Northeast following closure of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant. (RTO Insider / Utility Dive)

POLLUTION: A bill in Utah would set strict limits on emissions from home water heaters. (Deseret News)

HYDROPOWER: Federal regulators issue a new license for a Vermont hydro plant more than 16 years after it was first requested. (Energy Policy Update)

COMMENTARY: Dire predictions about the impact of previous pollution rules have failed to be realized. (Huffington Post)

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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