CLEAN POWER PLAN:
• Opponents are expected to challenge the plan via bureaucratic, legislative and legal challenges in both federal and state courts. (The Hill)
• Removal of “Building Block 4” efficiency estimates appears to be designed to preempt court challenges. (Greenwire)
• Why toughening carbon rules may have put them on stronger legal footing. (InsideClimate News)
• The Clean Power Plan may revive cap-and-trade discussions. (Reuters)
• Sixteen states will have tougher emissions targets under the final rule. (Associated Press)
• Alaska, Hawaii, Guam and Puerto Rico will be exempted from the rules for the time being, as will Vermont. (Fairbanks News-Miner, Burlington Free Press)
• A small Minnesota nonprofit that acts as a third party to validate energy generation is poised to play a larger role as states devise compliance plans. (Midwest Energy News)

CLIMATE: A report warns that methane levels in the atmosphere may be underestimated. (New York Times)

COAL:
• The nation’s second-largest coal company files for bankruptcy. (Bloomberg)
• President Obama pledged to address coal’s legacy liabilities and provide new economic opportunities in Appalachia and elsewhere. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

SOLAR:
• A solar company says a Nevada utility’s proposed changes are “the most extreme anti-solar proposal anywhere in the country.” (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
• A California utility urges state regulators to reform the way customers are compensated for solar power. (San Jose Mercury News)

UTILITIES: A survey of utility executives finds most are planning for more distributed generation while acknowledging the business challenge it poses. (Kansas City Star)

NUCLEAR: The Clean Power Plan could revive prospects for new nuclear plants. (Bloomberg)

GRID: Developers of a plan to unite the three U.S. power grids say a partner’s exit won’t jeopardize the project. (RTO Insider)

FRACKING: Colorado fracking opponents confront state regulators, issuing a declaration rejecting their authority. (Denver Post)

OIL:
• Oil prices rise again after falling to a six-month low. (Reuters)
• Support in Congress for lifting the nation’s decades-long ban on the export of crude oil “is picking up steam,” according to a Louisiana congressman. (New Orleans Times-Picayune)

COMMENTARY:
• Bill Gates explains why he’s spending $1 billion on clean energy research. (Quartz)
• “There is nothing radical” about the Clean Power Plan, and it’s only one part of a broader effort to fight climate change. (New York Times, Vox)
What comes next after the Clean Power Plan? (ClimateProgress)

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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