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COAL:
• New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo aims to phase out coal plants statewide by 2020. (The Hill)
• A coalition in New York is calling on Gov. Cuomo to provide transition funds for a neighboring town and school district for the next five years following a coal plant closure. (Buffalo News)
Taxpayers could be on the hook for reclaiming coal mines due to Arch Coal’s self-bonding and bankruptcy. (Taxpayers for Common Sense)
A U.S. civil rights panel will assess the impacts of coal ash disposal on the poor. (Environmental Health News)

SOLAR: Despite hours of pleas from solar supporters, Nevada regulators will not put a pause on controversial changes to the state’s net metering policy. (Associated Press)

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FRACKING: Oklahoma regulators order 27 operators of oil and gas wells to reduce injection volumes due to the rise in earthquakes over the past week. (Associated Press)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: New Hampshire regulators have opened an investigation into whether owners of electric vehicle charging stations should be able to resell power rather than charge hourly rates. (Utility Dive)

RENEWABLES:
• Experts say President Obama exaggerated the role of a 2009 stimulus package in driving clean-energy growth during his State of the Union speech. (New York Times)
The significant growth in clean-energy investment is defying the crash in fossil fuel prices. (Bloomberg New Energy Finance)

NATURAL GAS: Two California lawmakers want federal officials to investigate the ongoing leak from a natural-gas storage site in California. (The Hill)

CLIMATE: Michigan researchers have developed a way to assign financial liability to greenhouse gas-emitting power plants, which could have implications for potential lawsuits against utilities. (Midwest Energy News)

EFFICIENCY:
• Despite a weakened energy efficiency law in Indiana, advocates score a victory in a recent regulatory decision against a utility’s efficiency proposal. (Midwest Energy News)
• California leads the nation in the number of net-zero buildings. (Greentech Media)

POLICY:
• President Obama’s pledge to better manage fossil fuel development on federal land will face a test in the coming days as federal officials plan to rule on opening Wyoming lands to coal mining. (Reuters)
• Lawmakers gird for President Obama’a strengthened resolve against “dirty energy.” (E&E Daily)

EMISSIONS:
• Global mercury emissions fell 30 percent between 1990 and 2010 due to decreased coal use. (Reuters)
Improved technology is giving us a better understanding of the magnitude of methane leaks worldwide. (National Geographic)
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While state renewable standards are providing important climate change benefits, they have only “just scratched the surface” on emissions reductions. (Climate Central)

RAIL: Industry officials predict a “freight recession” coming this year as weak demand for coal and crude oil persists. (Associated Press)

CYBERSECURITY: A new book by Ted Koppel warns that U.S. emergency officials are not prepared to deal with major cyberattacks against the grid. (Energy Times)

DEMAND RESPONSE: Clean-energy advocates are hopeful that, as the U.S. Supreme Court takes more time to decide on a FERC energy conservation rule, the less likely it will be killed altogether. (Greenwire)

STATE OF THE UNION: “If you were a time traveler from 2009, you would not recognize the energy world of 2016.” (EnergyWire)

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VW SCANDAL: Volkswagen and EPA officials are keeping mum about a closed-door meeting this week between the automaker and EPA administrator Gina McCarthy. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY: U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski and a conservative clean-energy advocate say there is vast untapped potential for hydropower across the country. (New York Times)

Andy Balaskovitz

Andy Balaskovitz

Andy has been a journalism fellow for Midwest Energy News since 2014, following four years at City Pulse, Lansing’s alt-weekly newspaper. He covers the state of Michigan and also compiles the Midwest Energy News daily email digest. Andy is a graduate of Michigan State University’s Journalism School, where he focused on topics covered by the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism and wrote for the Great Lakes Echo. He was the 2008 and 2009 recipient of the Edward Meeman Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Environmental Journalism at Michigan State.

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