WIND: The operator of about 800 turbines in a California wind farm notorious for causing thousands of bird deaths is shutting down. (Contra Costa Times)

NUCLEAR: Citing poor economics, Entergy is shutting down a third nuclear plant, this time in New York. (Bloomberg)

CLIMATE:
• More than 40 environmental and social justice groups demand a federal investigation of ExxonMobil’s role in broader efforts to mislead the public on climate change. (New York Times)
• How Boulder, Colorado’s carbon tax is helping drive clean energy in the city. (InsideClimate News)

SOLAR: In a victory for solar advocates, a Wisconsin judge rejects a utility’s plan for fees on customers with solar installations that critics say undermined distributed generation. (Midwest Energy News)

CLEAN ECONOMY: Representatives from major U.S. companies explain what they’ve learned from their push for clean energy. (Greentech Media)

POLITICS:
More conservative groups are pushing for clean energy. (New Yorker)
A nonprofit spotlights how the Koch brothers advance their political agenda with donations to colleges. (Center for Public Integrity)

OIL AND GAS:
• As prices remain low, U.S. drillers continue to cut rigs, and Chevron announces it is cutting 10 percent of its workforce. (Reuters)
• Montana tribes fight a plan to drill on sacred land near Glacier National Park. (High Country News)
• More than 1,400 individuals and entities apply to intervene in proceedings over a proposed Pennsylvania natural gas pipeline. (Allentown Morning Call)

STORAGE:
• A Colorado utility seeks permission for a large-scale storage project near Denver’s airport. (Denver Business Journal)
• While batteries are becoming more advanced, market expectations are moving faster. (ClimateWire)

COAL:
• Democrat senators push for higher royalties for the federal coal mining program to account for carbon costs. (Reuters)
• As coal fades from energy policy debates nationally, it remains front-and-center in West Virginia. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

EFFICIENCY: On-bill financing is spreading among Midwest utilities as a way to help utility customers pay for costly efficiency upgrades. (Midwest Energy News)

NEWSMAKER: An “unsung hero” who streamlined permitting for clean energy projects on federal land is retiring. (Greenwire)

COMMENTARY: Wyoming needs to face reality on coal. (Casper Star-Tribune)

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.