UTILITIES:
• A survey finds a majority of utility executives think the way to respond to challenges from distributed generation is to own a stake in the process. (Greentech Media)
• An Arizona co-ops case could be part of a larger trend to impose demand charges on all residential customers in the state. (Arizona Republic)
• How the Clean Power Plan delay is shaking up utility planning processes. (Utility Dive)

NATURAL GAS:
• California officials say a leaking natural gas site has been permanently sealed, the health effects of the weekslong incident have yet to be tabulated. (Los Angeles Times, InsideClimate News)
• Wyoming’s largest natural gas producer is facing bankruptcy after reporting a $3.2 billion loss. (Billings Gazette)

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CLIMATE:
• House Democrats call for an investigation of Shell Oil over allegations it misled the public on climate change while preparing for rising sea levels. (Los Angeles Times)
• Some environmental groups oppose carbon trading plans to lower emissions because they fear it will disproportionately affect low-income and minority communities. (ClimateWire)

COAL:
• One of the largest coal companies in the U.S. reports a $205 million loss as hopes for developing an Asian export market fade. (Denver Post)
• South Carolina lawmakers move to limit the disposal of coal ash from other states. (Greenville News)

SOLAR:
• An amendment in the U.S. Senate could limit the ability of Massachusetts and other states to change net metering practices. (MassLive)
• Policy uncertainty in Massachusetts is putting the brakes on community and municipal solar projects. (Greenfield Recorder, Lowell Sun)
• A new report finds big-box retail stores have enough unused rooftop space to triple U.S. solar capacity. (State House News Service)
• A report says state-by-state value of solar calculations could take the place of net metering. (Utility Dive)
• Legislation in South Dakota looks to clearly define the rates at which solar generating customers are reimbursed. (Midwest Energy News)

WIND:
• The assessor in a Colorado county is reporting a surge in property values near a massive new wind farm. (Colorado Springs Gazette)
• As wind turbines grow taller, the logistics of transporting their components becomes more complicated. (Houston Chronicle)
• A wind tax credit in Oklahoma may get a “haircut” as the state grapples with a budget shortfall. (Oklahoman)

GRID: Michigan researchers have published a set of 12 principles meant to guide utilities, operators and designers into sustainable energy-storage systems. (Midwest Energy News)

NUCLEAR:
• The Canadian government again delays a decision on whether to allow the storage of nuclear power plant waste less than a mile from Lake Huron. (Associated Press)
A Department of Energy agreement could clear the way for small nuclear reactors to be built at an Idaho site. (Associated Press)

PIPELINES: Owners of a Pennsylvania maple syrup operation could be held in contempt of court if they continue to block workers from cutting down trees for a planned natural gas pipeline. (Reuters)

BIOENERGY: A biomass cogeneration plant in northern New York is in danger of closing because of low energy prices. (Associated Press)

ELECTRIC CARS: Industry experts say the Koch Brothers are developing a $10 million campaign targeting electric cars. (Huffington Post)

FINANCE: Apple issues the largest “green bond” by a U.S. corporation, announcing $1.5 billion to help finance clean energy projects across its global business operations. (Reuters)

COMMENTARY:
• Why Texas is a gold mine for clean energy. (Houston Chronicle)
• “The markets have spoken” on coal, regardless of what the EPA does. (The Hill)
• How to take a rational approach to calculating the value of solar. (Utility Dive)

Ken Paulman

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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