COAL:
• A utility in Washington state will shut down part of a Montana coal plant – one of the worst polluters in the country – by 2022. (Seattle Times)
• A federal agency says a Wyoming deal to bond for mine cleanup violates state law. (Associated Press)

SOLAR: A measure to restore Nevada’s net metering rates qualifies for the ballot, but still faces a state Supreme Court challenge. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

UTILITIES: A data storage company sues Nevada regulators, saying it was wrongfully denied the option to purchase 100 percent renewable electricity on the open market. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

CLEAN ECONOMY: A study finds California’s push for renewable energy is creating high-paying jobs in economically distressed areas. (Los Angeles Times)

NUCLEAR: Advocates suggest using former coal plant sites to install small, prefabricated nuclear reactors. (Midwest Energy News)

OIL AND GAS: 
• Officials say aging tank cars used to transport oil by rail could be in service for another 15 years due to a lack of mandatory upgrades. (Associated Press)
• A Texas company withdraws plans to ship crude oil through a Baltimore terminal. (Baltimore Sun)
• California proposes new regulations for natural gas storage fields. (Bloomberg)
• A Washington state utility could face a $4 million fine from regulators for a “lax attitude” toward safety. (Tri-City Herald)

WIND:
Legal disputes over bird protection slow development of a Massachusetts offshore wind farm. (Courthouse News Service)
• Why oil companies are interested in small wind. (Greentech Media)

CLIMATE:
• Exxon’s corporate giving report shows it still supports groups that fight climate policy. (ClimateWire)
• California Gov. Jerry Brown releases a plan to extend the state’s cap and trade program. (Los Angeles Times)
• The Union of Concerned Scientists will continue to object to releasing communications with state attorneys general amid an inquiry on fossil fuel companies’ climate change activities. (E&E Daily)
• Exxon Mobil’s latest corporate sustainability report shows a mixed message on the company’s position on climate change. (ClimateWire)

GRID:
• The manager of California’s grid says better connections with neighboring states could save $1.5 billion. (Los Angeles Times)
• MIT researchers say some forms of energy storage may become less economical as renewable energy costs continue to fall. (Utility Dive)

COMMENTARY:
• What phony op-eds on climate change have in common. (Columbia Journalism Review)
• How GOP climate denial is slowing progress on “clean” coal. (The Hill)

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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