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• U.S. coal production has fallen to its lowest level in 30 years. (Associated Press)
• Arch Coal files for bankruptcy. (Reuters)
• “The world has caught up to us”: A Montana coal town confronts its future. (Billings Gazette)
A California utility has completely eliminated coal from its energy supply. (Power)

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UTILITIES: Outgoing NRG Energy CEO David Crane warns “there is no growth in our sector outside of clean energy.” (Greentech Media)

• Vermont’s governor says the state should divest from coal companies and ExxonMobil. (InsideClimate News)
• NRG Energy says states should consider dropping out of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. (Bloomberg BNA)

• California orders the company responsible for a massive natural gas leak near Los Angeles to offset the climate impact. (InsideClimate News)
• The company responsible for the disaster knew its well was leaking 24 years ago. (Motherboard)
• The leak is driving people from their homes in nearby neighborhoods. (Associated Press)
• Advocates say Michigan’s large number of natural gas storage sites could be at risk of a similar leak. (MLive)

• A Nevada agency requests state regulators reconsider their new rates for solar power. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
• A farmer in New York state is in a unique dispute with his utility over net metering. (Poughkeepsie Journal)
• A businessman who helps low-income people get access to solar power is invited to the State of the Union address. (Huffington Post)

FRACKING: Oklahoma lawmakers push for further restrictions on wastewater disposal amid increasing concerns about earthquakes. (Reuters)

VW SCANDAL: Volkswagen is refusing to release emails to states investigating its evasion of emissions rules, citing German privacy laws. (New York Times)

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EFFICIENCY: NASA is testing ways to make aircraft more fuel efficient. (New York Times)

• Why Texas will continue to be a clean-energy leader. (Dallas Morning News)
• Will taxpayers be stuck paying for cleanup of strip-mining sites? (Forbes)
• Improved efficiency standards for cars has also meant better performance. (ACEEE)

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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