RENEWABLES: A new Department of Energy report finds the benefits of state renewable energy standards outweigh the costs by 7 to 1(Greentech Media)

CALIFORNIA: Gov. Jerry Brown declares a state of emergency over the ongoing methane leak from a natural-gas storage site near Los Angeles. (National Public Radio)

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KEYSTONE XL: TransCanada is seeking $15 billion in damages following the Obama administration’s rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline. In a separate court challenge, the company seeks to overturn the administration’s decision. (New York Times)

SOLAR: SolarCity, the largest rooftop solar provider in the country, plans to eliminate 550 jobs in Nevada following changes to the state’s net metering policies. (Bloomberg News)

COAL:
• Colorado is becoming a test case over the environmental costs versus the economic benefits of mining for coal. (Vox)
• Utilities and clean-energy advocates are teaming up on a bill that would replace a ballot initiative and require most of Oregon’s energy mix to be coal-free by 2030. (Portland Business Journal)
A Republican bill looking to block a new Obama administration rule on stream protection is set to hit the House floor. (The Hill)
Community colleges in southwest Virginia are receiving $2 million to help retrain laid-off coal miners. (Associated Press)
Rail shipments dropped 12 percent in 2015 due to weak demand from U.S. utilities and export markets. (Associated Press)

FRACKING:
• West Virginia receives $18 million from fracking leases but no royalties yet. (Associated Press)
• Researchers say significant gaps remain in understanding the full extent of public-health risks associated with fracking chemicals. (Huffington Post)

CLIMATE:
• If congressional Republicans do have a plan to wrest control of the Paris climate agreement, they are so far going about it quietly. (ClimateWire)
• A new study says power plants around the world that depend on abundant water supplies may face production limitations. (Climate Home)

CAPACITY AUCTION: After a surge in prices stemming from a capacity auction last year, federal regulators order grid operator MISO to change the rules that govern the annual auction. Meanwhile, Illinois’ attorney general wants refunds for ratepayers. (EnergyWire)

WIND: Neither of South Carolina’s investor-owned utilities intends to develop wind energy off the state’s coast. (The Post and Courier)

STORAGE: Researchers have developed a system that can store renewable energy underground while at the same time storing CO2 from fossil-fuel plants. (Phys.org)

LIQUIFIED NATURAL GAS: The EPA is asking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to revise how it calculates the climate change impacts of LNG export terminals. (SNL)

COMMENTARY: In Texas, “competition, innovation and a heavy dose of government have accelerated the transition to cleaner fuels without slowing the economy.” (Dallas Morning News)

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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