• A Virginia utility executive says “I would not hang my hat” on legal challenges to the Clean Power Plan being successful. (SNL Energy)
• Environmentalists criticize an African-American business organization critical of the EPA as a “front group” with ties to fossil fuel industries. (InsideClimate News)
• Some states may look to energy storage and demand response to integrate wind and solar power into their Clean Power Plan compliance efforts. (Greentech Media)
• Under standards developed after the first draft of the plan was released, coal states say they are being unfairly burdened with stricter goals. (EnergyWire)

• Islamic scholars are preparing to issue a global call to action to fight climate change. (Bloomberg)
• Is President Obama trying to have it both ways by trying to reduce emissions while working to allow offshore drilling along the Atlantic coast? (Miami Herald)

UTILITIES: A report finds that Texans have generally paid higher bills under deregulation, but their options may be improving. (Texas Tribune)

WIND: Under a new contract, Washington D.C. is expected to get one-third of its energy from wind. (Washington Post)

SOLAR: How California’s new interconnection maps will help accelerate clean energy development. (Greentech Media)

• A federal judge approved a $5 million settlement between Exxon Mobil, Arkansas and the federal government after the 2013 rupture of its Pegasus pipeline spilled heavy crude oil into a residential area of Mayflower, Arkansas. (Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)
• The Keystone XL review has taken five times longer than similar projects. (Associated Press)
• After a delay characterized as “extremely weird” by one legal expert, a Koch Industries affiliate will pay a fine for a pipeline spill that released 24,700 gallons of crude oil into a Texas creek – 17 years ago. (Texas Tribune)

EMISSIONS: Seventeen states sue the EPA over a recent rule that changes the way states are required to address air pollution during plant startups and shutdowns. (Greenwire)

• A bad gamble on metallurgical coal at the peak of the market, rather than environmental rules, is to blame for pushing some coal companies into bankruptcy. (SNL Energy)
• The stakes are high for Wyoming coal producers ahead of a hearing today on the government’s play to overhaul royalty rates for leases on public lands; an earlier hearing in Montana saw an overflow crowd. (Casper Star-Tribune, Billings Gazette)

• Constellation Energy is doubling its bet on Bloom fuel cells. (Bloomberg)
• After struggling to find its footing a few years ago, Michigan has emerged as a leader in advanced battery storage systems. (Midwest Energy News)

TRANSPORTATION: Work on a Florida high-speed rail project may be conflicting with an archaeological site. (Reuters)

OPEN RECORDS: An Indiana judge has thrown out an environmental group’s lawsuit that sought correspondence between a top-ranking legislator and utilities in connection with a proposed net-metering bill. (Indiana Public Media)

MEDIA: New Mexico regulators will drop out of a lawsuit seeking to prevent a newspaper from publishing information inadvertently released to a reporter: “we didn’t have a case.” (Albuquerque Journal)

• New York “will desperately require substantial new transmission in the near future.” (Breaking Energy)
• How wind and solar could blow up power markets, and how to prevent it. (Greentech Media)
• Tips for journalists on fact-checking misinformation about the Clean Power Plan. (The Equation)

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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