SOLAR: New solar capacity in the U.S. outpaced coal, natural gas and nuclear combined for the first quarter of 2016; a report projects overall solar capacity will double this year. (MarketWatch, Reuters)

ALSO:
• After only one meeting, an Arizona utility and a solar company have suspended talks in an effort to reach a net metering compromise. (Arizona Republic)
• Apple forms a new subsidiary to sell excess power from its solar installations. (The Verge)
• Solar installers urge Maine regulators not to change the state’s net metering policy. (Bangor Daily News)
• Pennsylvania regulators drop a cap from a net metering proposal. (Pittsburgh Tribune)
• At least 20 community solar projects are expected to be built in Texas this summer. (Houston Business Journal)
• Rural co-ops in North Carolina turn to community solar to help members invest in clean energy. (Southeast Energy News)

GRID:
• The residential energy storage market is expanding outside California and Hawaii. (Greentech Media)
• Excess solar generation in California is a boon for an Arizona utility. (Marketplace)

WIND:
• Vermont lawmakers reach a compromise on a vetoed renewable energy siting bill after removing provisions that would have been particularly harmful to wind development. (Vermont Public Radio)
• Two Northeast senators introduce a bill to advance offshore wind. (North American Windpower)

OIL TRAINS:
• Northwest tribal leaders gather to protest oil trains at the site of last week’s derailment in Oregon. (Associated Press)
• An advocacy group says hundreds of schools in Washington state are at risk from a potential oil-by-rail disaster. (KGW)
• Federal regulators send new oil train safety standards to the White House for review. (The Hill)

COAL:
West Virginia announces a multi-million dollar agreement with Virginia-based Alpha Natural Resources to reclaim lands affected by its mining operations. (Wall Street Journal)
Peabody Energy sues over two utilities’ cancellation of coal contracts. (Platts)
• Montana coal production has dropped by nearly a third compared with last year. (Montana Public Radio)

NATURAL GAS: An investment firm predicts natural gas prices will become more volatile in coming years. (SNL Energy)

UTILITIES: Community choice power poses a new threat to utilities’ business model. (EnergyWire)

POLICY:
• Delaware Republicans propose diverting some of the state’s carbon trading revenue for water cleanup. (Delaware State News)
• Some federal lawmakers say momentum is building in Congress for a carbon tax. (E&E Daily)

CLEAN POWER PLAN: Congressional leaders are giving states conflicting advice on the Clean Power Plan. (Houston Chronicle)

BIOFUELS: As evidenced during a hearing in Kansas, wide disagreement remains over the U.S. EPA’s plan to raise ethanol standards in gasoline. (Topeka Capital-Journal)

TECHNOLOGY: Researchers in Iceland have developed a method to sequester carbon dioxide in solid rock. (New York Times)

COMMENTARY:
• Taxpayers should hope “Big Coal” will be held to their obligations to fully pay for environmental damage. (New York Times)
• The safety record of oil trains “is cold comfort for the people along the rail lines when the percentages don’t play out.” (Spokane Spokesman-Review)
• Seven ways storage can get a fair shake in energy markets. (Greentech Media)
• Why are we so bad at planning for new transmission? (Vox)

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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