CLEAN ENERGY:
• New York utilities are giving a first look at a future that relies on more distributed generation. (EnergyWire)
• Getting to North American leaders’ goal of 50 percent clean energy by 2025 raises questions about the role of nuclear and carbon capture. (Washington Post)

OIL AND GAS:
• The Obama administration announces new regulations for offshore drilling in the Arctic Ocean off the Alaskan coast. (New York Times)
• The Alberta wildfires last month were Canada’s most costly natural disaster. (Grist)
• Industry officials are in ongoing talks with California Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration over emission rules. (Associated Press)

STORAGE: When energy storage wins a competition with a conventional power plant. (ClimateWire)

NUCLEAR: California’s largest utility urges regulators to uphold a 2014 decision that distributes costs for closing a nuclear plant there. (Associated Press)

ELECTRIC CHOICE: A Texas regulator vows to crack down on energy companies that take advantage of consumers shopping for cheaper electricity rates. (Texas Tribune)

COAL:
• After saying 80 percent of its workforce may be laid off, Ohio-based Murray Energy says it’s doing what it can to retain employees as it fends off bankruptcy. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Associated Press)
• An exodus of senior executives signals a pullback by the last major bank to fund coal operations. (The New York Times)

CLIMATE:
• A new poll finds broad support for a carbon tax in Vermont. (VT Digger)
• Minnesota climate advocates are “pleasantly surprised” with U.S. Bancorp’s new climate policy. (Midwest Energy News)

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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