OIL AND GAS:
• Oil-producing states face major costs for cleaning up newly abandoned wells amid the industry downturn. (Associated Press)
• Prosecutors say a California utility ignored pipeline safety regulations and tried to mislead federal officials investigating a deadly 2010 gas pipeline explosion. (Associated Press)

CLIMATE:
• A Republican-led congressional committee claims it has oversight over states’ plans to investigate Exxon Mobil and its climate change activities. (Reuters)
• A proposed bill in Congress would create a climate change curriculum. (The Hill)

SOLAR: North Carolina lawmakers sit on bill aimed at resolving a dispute over third-party financing of projects. (Southeast Energy News)

WIND:
• Commercial fishermen raise concerns over a proposed offshore wind project in New York. (Associated Press)
• The coal industry is struggling in Wyoming, “but wind power is our bright spot on the horizon.” (New York Times)

REGULATION: The Texas Supreme Court rejects an energy company’s request for a sales tax refund, potentially saving the state billions of dollars from similar rebates. (Associated Press)

NUCLEAR:
• Following Exelon’s threat to close a nuclear plant in New York, the chairman of the state Senate’s energy committee calls on state regulators to implement a nuclear subsidy. (RTO Insider)
• The U.S. Department of Energy is planning to scale up the capacity generated from advanced nuclear reactors by 2050. (Forbes)
• Climate change is altering how many stakeholders view nuclear energy as the Watts Bar 2 reactor in Tennessee adds low-carbon power to the grid. (Washington Post)
• A Utah power cooperative outlines plans for new nuclear generation as coal is retired. (Deseret News)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A new report says a proliferation of electric vehicles would actually be good for the grid. (Washington Post)

GRID: California’s grid will be put to the test during a heat wave this week. (Reuters)

POLITICS:
• Pipeline development will likely be a “lightning rod” issue during the presidential election. (E&E Daily)
• A contentious fight over fracking policy is shaping up among Democrats. (The Hill)

HYDRO: An engineer looks to develop a 1.9-megawatt hydroelectric station at an Oregon dam, which officials say could complicate its irrigating functions. (East Oregonian)

COAL: A federal judge in West Virginia rules a utility lobbyist and former EPA official can testify in a miner’s suit against the agency. (The Hill)

OIL BY RAIL:
• Twenty-one protesters were arrested in Washington for blocking freight trains in response to an oil spill in Oregon earlier this month. (Reuters)
• A federal spending bill would increase funding for rail safety along crude oil routes. (LaCrosse Tribune)

EFFICIENCY:
• A dynamic display system at a Chicago office building that makes it easier to monitor energy use is helping to achieve efficiency goals. (Midwest Energy News)
• A father and son partner to tackle energy waste in video game systems. (EnergyWire)

FRACKING: States continue to struggle with managing the growing waste stream produced from fracking. (Grist)

COMMENTARY:
• Pennsylvania lawmakers should stop fighting clean energy proposals. (Scranton Times-Tribune)
• Montana regulators were correct in ruling that a utility’s shareholders had to pay for power purchased while a coal plant was out of service. (Billings Gazette)

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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