CLEAN POWER PLAN: While most in the electric sector are fighting the federal rules in court, some utilities are siding with the U.S. EPA. (EnergyWire)

• Faith groups submit a brief supporting the Clean Power Plan, citing “a moral imperative to protect the earth and all its inhabitants from a climate crisis of our own making.” (Catholic Sentinel)
• While trying to fight Clean Power Plan compliance, Colorado lawmakers temporarily strip funding from the state’s air quality program. (Denver Business Journal)

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OFFSHORE DRILLING: A federal judge approves a $20 billion settlement over the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, agreeing the company was “grossly negligent” in the disaster that killed 11 people. (Associated Press)

• Costs for the Kemper “clean coal” plant in Mississippi rise another $18 million, and now stand at $6.6 billion. (Atlanta Business Chronicle)
• Wyoming’s governor pledges support for laid-off coal miners. (SNL Energy)
• A judge rejects $28 million in restitution claims against former coal executive Don Blankenship, which means the most he could pay for violating safety rules is a $250,000 fine. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

• The White House issues a new report saying extreme heat will kill nearly 30,000 Americans annually by 2100. (Climate Central)
• Maryland’s governor signs a bill to cut state greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2030. (Washington Post)

• A New York utility eliminates the need for a new $1.2 billion substation with a combination of distributed energy and efficiency. (InsideClimate News)
• The ongoing need for infrastructure upgrades means utility bills are rising even though power is cheaper. (Bloomberg)

• A new report says the U.S. community solar market could be worth $2.5 billion by 2020. (CleanTechnica)
• Installers say a new Arizona law will cause further backlogs for new systems. (Arizona Republic)
• Advocates push back on a Tennessee utility’s plan to eliminate net metering and impose a demand charge on solar customers. (Kingsport Times News)
• Advocates in an Oregon town proposed an ordinance requiring solar panels on all new buildings. (Corvallis Gazette-Times)

• A former EPA scientists explains why he persisted with research into water contamination in Wyoming after leaving the agency. (ClimateWire)
• Colorado lawmakers kill a bill that would have granted more local control over drilling. (Denver Business Journal)

• The Keystone pipeline is shut down after a leak is discovered at a South Dakota pumping station. (Sioux Falls Argus Leader)
Opponents of a planned New England natural gas pipeline plan to pack public hearings in the coming weeks; a Massachusetts property owned by Bill Cosby is among those impacted. (Eagle-Tribune, MassLive)

NUCLEAR: Experts say a planned natural gas pipeline in New York has the potential to cause a meltdown at a nearby nuclear plant. (The Guardian)

• How losing net metering could create an opportunity for the solar industry. (Greentech Media)
• The U.S. can’t transition to renewable energy “if landowners and local regulators stand in the way.” (New York Times)

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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