SOLAR: Rooftop solar could cost generators in the eastern U.S. $2 billion in lost revenue in the coming years. (Bloomberg)

ALSO:
• Massachusetts lawmakers urge colleagues to embrace a net metering compromise that helps the state’s solar industry. (Boston Globe)
• Why Wisconsin’s rural co-ops are powering the state’s solar growth. (Midwest Energy News)

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WIND: A study says U.S. offshore wind costs could drop as much as 55 percent over the next 13 years. (Bloomberg)

COAL:
• In a regulatory filing, Peabody Energy says it may need to file for bankruptcy. (Bloomberg)
• Colorado businesses push the EPA to crack down on emissions from Utah coal plants. (Denver Post)
• A Montana lawmaker says a West Coast coal shipping terminal appears headed for rejection. (Billings Gazette)
• A lawsuit targets coal mining in Wyoming and Montana, seeking greater sage grouse protection. (Billings Gazette)
• Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship seeks to delay the sentencing tied to his conviction for conspiring to violate mine safety laws. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

OIL AND GAS:
North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory says the Obama administration’s decision to block oil exploration off its coast could cost the state much-needed revenue and jobs; South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley calls the decision “another disappointment from D.C.” (Associated Press, The State)
• A natural gas surplus will delay financial recovery for the industry. (Houston Chronicle)
• Members of a North Dakota tribe have no regrets about banning fracking on their reservation. (AlterNet)

FRACKING:
• A recent $4.2 million jury award in a Pennsylvania case will likely encourage more fracking lawsuits. (Bloomberg BNA)
• The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers expands the no-fracking zone around a Texas dam. (Dallas Morning News)

NUCLEAR:
• New York lawmakers want revenue from carbon trading to support a $100 million bailout of the state’s nuclear plants. (Albany Times Union)
• Exelon’s CEO is again pushing Illinois lawmakers to help support the utility’s nuclear plants. (Crain’s Chicago Business)

UTILITIES: Utilities debate the pros and cons of using demand charges as a way to deal with more distributed energy on the grid. (Utility Dive)

FUEL CELLS: California regulators say Bloom Energy’s fuel cells shouldn’t qualify for state incentives. (Greentech Media)

GEOTHERMAL: An Australian company is planning a 250 MW geothermal power plant near California’s Salton Sea. (Palm Springs Desert Sun)

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TRANSPORTATION: Georgia-based United Parcel Service sets a $100 million plan to expand natural gas fueling infrastructure for its trucks. (Atlanta Business Chronicle)

COMMENTARY:
• Why President Obama reversed course on offshore drilling in the Atlantic. (Vox)
• An ExxonMobil executive responds to accusations the company isn’t doing enough on climate change. (Los Angeles Times)

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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