PIPELINES: Owners of New England power plants, who benefit from current high electricity prices, push back at efforts to expand natural gas pipeline capacity. (Portland Press Herald)

• A solar project at a defunct New York nuclear plant is under fire over plans to cut down 350 acres of trees. (Associated Press)
• A Texas utility agrees to drop a proposed fee for solar customers. (Texas Observer)
• A judge advises against an Arizona co-ops plans to increase charges on solar customers. (Arizona Daily Star)

COAL: An Ohio utility says it will close four of the seven units at a power plant at the center of its proposed “bailout” request by 2020. (Toledo Blade)

• Activists say federal regulators are not coming down hard enough on BP over an oil spill that occurred at its Indiana refinery in 2014. (Midwest Energy News)
Scientists say wastewater disposal may be to blame for earthquakes near Dallas last year. (Dallas News)
• A Colorado business association organizes against ballot initiatives targeting the oil and gas industry. (Denver Post)
• A Montana tribe pushes back against oil and gas development. (EnergyWire)

• Conservative climate activists believe the Republican party will coalesce around the issue in 2020. (Greenwire)
• Fossil fuel interests, typically strong backers of Republican candidates, are so far not throwing their support behind Donald Trump. (InsideClimate News)
• An Ohio coal company donated $100,000 to Trump the day before announcing 4,400 layoffs. (Washington Examiner)

CLEAN ENERGY: Elon Musk plans to transition Tesla into an “end-to-end clean energy” company. (Mashable)

A study finds car-sharing services help cut emissions. (San Diego Union-Tribune)
• The U.S. may begin regulating emissions from commercial aircraft due to an “endangerment finding” by the EPA. (Reuters)
• As part of a legal settlement with the Sierra Club last week, a Missouri utility agrees to provide between $1 million and $2 million toward the electrification of buses in the St. Louis area. (Midwest Energy News)

EFFICIENCY: U.S. data centers are putting a greater emphasis on energy efficiency and sourcing their power from renewables. (NPR)

POLLUTION: The West Virginia researchers who exposed the Volkswagen emissions scandal struggle to maintain funding. (New York Times)

MEDIA: An oil industry group paid media organizations, including the Atlantic and the Washington Post, to host panels featuring climate-change deniers. (The Intercept)

• The public health case for energy storage. (Greentech Media)
• Coal should no longer be the state rock of Utah. (Deseret News)
• Why is the Republican Party promoting carbon capture and sequestration as it denies climate science? (New York Times)

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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