COAL: Peabody Energy, the world’s largest private coal producer, files for U.S. bankruptcy protection. (Reuters)

• Texas tribes fight a coal mine they say is infringing on sacred sites. (Texas Tribune)
• The failure of a proposed railroad merger eases utilities’ concerns about coal delivery disruptions. (EnergyWire)

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• Nevada’s PUC chair discusses the controversy surrounding the board’s recent net metering decision. (Fortune)
• Texas is seeing the lowest average cost for solar installations in the U.S. (Greentech Media)
• A New Mexico city rejects a hospital’s plan for a 12-acre solar farm. (Farmington Daily Times)
• Utilities backing a Florida ballot measure say it is intended to protect consumers(SaintPetersBlog)

• An industry report says wind farms generated 4.7 percent of U.S. electricity last year. (Associated Press)
• Competitive costs are increasingly why companies such as Google and Walmart are buying wind power. (Washington Post)
• A report from Wisconsin officials finds no evidence linking reported health problems to wind turbines. (Fond du Lac Reporter)

• House Republicans push to shift funding from renewable energy research to fossil fuels. (The Hill)
• The Senate drops renewable energy tax credit extensions from an FAA reauthorization bill. (The Hill)

OVERSIGHT: The EPA’s former top enforcement official worries the agency doesn’t have enough resources to catch violators. (Greenwire)

CLIMATE: Connecticut’s governor reverses course on using $22 million in funds from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative to balance the state budget. (New Haven Register)

• An opponent of a natural gas pipeline in Massachusetts erects a replica of Henry David Thoreau’s cabin in the project’s path. (Curbed)
• Iowa landowners file a lawsuit seeking to overturn state approval of the Dakota Access pipeline. (WHO-TV)

FRACKING: A Maryland county bans fracking, becoming the first in the state to do so. (Washington Post)

ELECTRIC CARS: A Colorado car dealer creates a niche by importing cars intended to be sold only in California. (Green Car Reports)

EFFICIENCY: Nebraska looks to improve its performance on energy efficiency by adopting a statewide Property Assessed Clean Energy financing law. (Midwest Energy News)

• Santa Fe, New Mexico shows how small cities can address climate change and inequality at the same time. (Huffington Post)
• Ohio’s Senate race shows how climate action is gaining support in the Midwest. (Grist)

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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