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Report: U.S. outpacing other countries in transition from coal

CLIMATE:
• A new study says failing to address climate change will stifle global economic growth. (Associated Press)
• Indiana scientists write to Gov. Mike Pence, the legislature and state officials offering to teach them the fundamentals of climate change. (Midwest Energy News)
• MIT announces a five-year climate plan, but stops short of divesting from fossil fuels. (Associated Press)

COAL:
• A report finds the U.S. is the most aggressive among industrialized nations in moving away from coal. (Reuters)
• Advocates are trying to use a Texas energy firm’s bankruptcy case to force the cleanup of three coal plants. (EnergyWire)
• Environmentalists say a Utah coal plant may be using a fake farm to bypass water regulations. (ThinkProgress)
• Minnesota and North Dakota do battle in federal court over a 2007 Minnesota law that regulates coal power. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• A Pennsylvania coal plant will shut down two years early as its owners abandon a plan to convert to natural gas amid lack of demand. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

CLEAN POWER PLAN: Some states face tougher compliance strategies than others with the final pollution rules compared to what was originally proposed. (ClimateWire)

SOLAR:
• Solar installers sue to block Hawaii regulators’ recent decision to end net metering in the state, which some say will open up new markets for energy storage. (Pacific Business News, Motley Fool)
• The city of Sacramento launches a program to streamline solar installation. (Sacramento Business Journal)

ENERGY STORAGE: A Sacramento pilot project demonstrates how variable pricing can make solar backed by battery storage viable. (Greentech Media)

EFFICIENCY: Massachusetts and California remain at the top of an efficiency advocacy group’s annual ranking. (Bloomberg)

EMISSIONS: A new “energy policy simulator” allows users to project future greenhouse gas emissions under various generation scenarios and policy changes. (Bloomberg)

FRACKING: A U.S. Geological Survey report is the latest to link injection of wastewater from oil and gas drilling to spate of earthquakes in Oklahoma. (Associated Press)

UTILITIES: Energy experts say the U.S. Supreme Court is spending an unusual amount of time this term on energy issues as it tries to fit modern energy markets into old regulations. (Greenwire)

NUCLEAR: Virginia’s attorney general says Dominion Virginia Power should stop charging ratepayers for researching the viability of a new reactor. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

TRANSPORTATION: Companies interested in backing California’s high speed rail project have concerns about financing it through a carbon trading program. (Reuters)

COMMENTARY: What job projections can tell us about energy politics. (Vox)

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