• A study from the Southwest Power Pool finds it will be more cost-effective for states to collaborate on carbon reduction, echoing similar studies by other regional grid operators. (Utility Dive)
• Many existing nuclear reactors will likely still close under the Clean Power Plan. (Vox)

• Scientists say California’s drought is “definitely made worse by global warming.” (New York Times)
• A study finds 450 billion tons of greenhouse gas emissions could be avoided if the U.S. ends fossil fuel leasing on federal lands; meanwhile, a federal auction for Gulf oil leases saw the lowest participation since 1986. (Thomson Reuters Foundation, New York Times)
• A California lawmaker says cutting carbon emissions will be good for business. (Sacramento Business Journal)

PHILANTHROPY: The MacArthur Foundation* will hand out $50 million in grants for various climate change initiatives. (ClimateWire)

• Troubles with the Kemper “clean coal” plant put Mississippi Power on the brink of bankruptcy(Greentech Media)
• A Wyoming coal company buys a stake in a West Coast terminal, betting the export market will rebound. (Casper Star-Tribune)

CLEAN ENERGY: A retired clergyman and a former state PSC candidate lead a campaign for a ballot measure to establish a 20 percent renewable energy standard in Montana. (Associated Press)


• Dozens of advocates protested and some testified Wednesday against a plan from Michigan Republicans to eliminate the state’s net metering program. (Associated Press, Midwest Energy News)
• Net metering becomes an issue in the presidential campaign. (Greentech Media)

WIND: Changing weather patterns are slowing wind production on the West Coast. (Washington Examiner) 

FRACKING: Less than nine months into the year, Oklahoma already has more earthquakes than it did in 2014. (EnergyWire)


UTILITIES: A judge upholds a decision by Montana regulators that a utility can’t raise rates to, in part, recover lost revenue from efficiency programs. (Associated Press)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Audi and Mercedes prepare to unveil challenges to Tesla. (Los Angeles Times)

COMMENTARY: Technology is a key driver to developing sustainable energy generation. (Midwest Energy News)

*Editor’s note: The MacArthur Foundation funds U.S. Energy News.

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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