CLEAN POWER PLAN:
• EPA administrator Gina McCarthy says the Supreme Court’s delay of the Clean Power Plan “doesn’t preclude states, tribes and utilities from continuing to act on climate.” (Bloomberg BNA)
• President Obama says “we are very firm in terms of the legal footing here” on the Clean Power Plan. (The Hill)
• The court’s ruling “only makes it more complex” for states as they decide how to proceed with compliance plans. (ClimateWire)
• More state-by-state updates: Midwest Energy News | Southeast Energy News

NATURAL GAS: A massive leak at a California storage site has been “temporarily controlled.” (Reuters)

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SOLAR:
• Nevada regulators are expected to vote today on a revised net metering plan that does not grandfather in existing customers. (Investors Business Daily)
• The Koch brothers’ political network has been fighting solar across the U.S., but most intensely in Florida. (Rolling Stone)
• Several legal briefs opposing a proposed constitutional amendment in Florida backed by utilities argue it exposes consumers to discriminatory charges and rates. (Utility Dive)
• Pennsylvania regulators approve new limits on net metering. (Philly.com)

CLIMATE:
• A survey finds nearly a third of U.S. science teachers are passing along misinformation about climate science. (New York Times)
• Minnesota activists target U.S. Bank for supporting the fossil fuel industry. (Midwest Energy News)
• A bill in the U.S. House would ban further fossil fuel development on federal land. (The Hill)

EFFICIENCY:
• A regional council representing four Northwest states approves a plan that aims to meet all new power needs through 2035 with efficiency. (Seattle Times)
• A project in Michigan could help overcome some of the financial barriers to energy upgrades in rental housing. (Midwest Energy News)

COAL:
• Connecticut’s last coal-fired power plant will shut down by 2021. (Hartford Courant)
• Peabody Energy still sees bright spots amid a “brutal industry backdrop.”(SNL Energy)

UTILITIES:
• Utah lawmakers advance a bill that critics describe as a free-for-all for the state’s largest utility. (Deseret News)
• A conference explores how utilities can benefit from distributed energy. (Greentech Media)
• Exelon has already spent $259 million pursuing its proposed merger with Pepco.(Washington Business Journal)

BIOFUELS: An oil industry group is suing the EPA over missed deadlines for biofuel standards. (Reuters)

TRANSPORTATION:
• UPS will increase the use of liquified natural gas in its Texas fleet. (Dallas Business Journal)
• Low gasoline prices are forcing budget cuts at Amtrak. (Philly.com)

COMMENTARY:
• Critics’ dire predictions about California’s push for clean energy have failed to be realized. (Sacramento Bee)
• Oregon legislation could set a new precedent for clean energy leadership. (The Equation)
• How utilities can overcome the solar “duck curve.” (Vox)

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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