CLIMATE: Royal Dutch Shell announced it will drop its membership in the American Legislative Exchange Council over the group’s stance on climate change. (The Hill)

CLEAN POWER PLAN: The first round of legal fights over EPA carbon rules is expected in the coming weeks. (Wall Street Journal)

• The first utility-scale wind farm in southern Arizona, coupled with more than 40 MW of solar power, begins producing electricity. (Arizona Daily Star)
• Plans to tap South Dakota’s vast wind energy could face tough community-level fights over aesthetics. (Sioux Falls Argus Leader)
Questions persist over how wind energy can grow without the federal Production Tax Credit. (EnergyWire)
• Hewlett-Packard will power a Texas data center with energy from one of the country’s largest wind farms. (Dallas Business Journal)

SOLAR: Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker files legislation that will expand solar power in the state. (Associated Press)

• An Ohio Company is about to start strip mining for coal on nearly 1,000 acres of state property in a wildlife area. (Columbus Dispatch)
• Dozens of senators are asking the Obama administration to double the public comment period for a new mountaintop removal mining regulation. (The Hill)

• Oil markets are seeing “unprecedented” changes. (Business Insider)
• U.S. refineries are running at record high volumes. (The Hill)
• A South Carolina church is at the center of a dispute over a proposed natural gas pipeline. (The State)
• Colorado could see a ballot issue over fracking in 2016. (Greeley Tribune)
• Producers in the Marcellus and Utica shales eagerly await new pipelines to open up Midwest markets. (Pittsburgh Tribune)
• Washington state aims to become a leader in oil train safety. (Puget Sound Business Journal)

POLLUTION: An interstate water commission is considering extending a policy that allows power plants and other industrial polluters to exceed mercury standards when wastewater enters the Ohio River. (Midwest Energy News)

INVESTING: Clean-energy stock funds are in some instances outperforming fossil fuels. (Associated Press)

MEDIA: New Mexico regulators are suing a Santa Fe newspaper to try to block publication of information from a utility case it says was inadvertently released to a reporter. (Albuquerque Journal)

COMMENTARY: Five myths about coal. (Washington Post)

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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