BIOFUELS: "Severe, unintended consequences" of expanded corn production are causing environmental groups to change their position on ethanol mandates. (Bloomberg)
• The Republican and Democratic party platforms spell out drastic differences on energy, but to what extent do they drive policy? (InsideClimate News)
• Activist Tom Steyer says climate concerns will drive turnout among younger voters. (ClimateWire)
VW SCANDAL: A judge gives temporary approval to a settlement that could offer thousands in compensation for owners of VW diesel cars involved in the company's emissions-cheating scheme. (USA Today)
CLIMATE: Rising sea levels and tidal flooding threaten 18 military bases along the East Coast and Gulf Coast, according to a new report.
ELECTRIC CARS: A Michigan utility plans a $15 million buildout of electric vehicle chargers; critics are concerned the plan could drive out private sector competitors. (Midwest Energy News)
• The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers approves 60 river crossings for the Dakota Access pipeline in Iowa, clearing the way for construction. (Associated Press)
• Ohio residents plan to protest a proposed new natural gas pipeline. (WCPO)
• FirstEnergy's stock is downgraded as the utility pursues "bailouts" for power plants and faces tougher competition. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
• Critics of Ohio utilities "bailout" plans are not letting up as the plans are modified to avoid federal review.
• Maine's governor proposes ending net metering after a three-year "grandfather" period. (Maine Public Broadcasting)
• A liberal New York congresswoman explains why she partnered with a utility industry group on a letter opposing net metering. (Grist)
• San Diego cancels five projects with SunEdison amid the company's bankruptcy. (San Diego Union-Tribune)
• A federal bankruptcy judge says Peabody Energy can still face mine reclamation requirements as it moves through bankruptcy. (Midwest Energy News)
• Wyoming's governor signs an agreement to partner with a consortium of Japanese companies to research "clean" coal technologies.
PIPELINES: Owners of New England power plants, who benefit from current high electricity prices, push back at efforts to expand natural gas pipeline capacity. (Portland Press Herald)
• A solar project at a defunct New York nuclear plant is under fire over plans to cut down 350 acres of trees. (Associated Press)
• A Texas utility agrees to drop a proposed fee for solar customers. (Texas Observer)
• A judge advises against an Arizona co-ops plans to increase charges on solar customers. (Arizona Daily Star)
COAL: An Ohio utility says it will close four of the seven units at a power plant at the center of its proposed "bailout" request by 2020.
• Nevada led the nation in solar generation per capita last year, according to a new report. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
• A major credit rating agency renews warnings that inaction on solar net metering policies could lead to a “death spiral” for utilities. (SNL / Utility Dive)
• Minnesota regulators adopt a “value of solar” approach to community solar rates, though developers are still concerned over project size caps. (Midwest Energy News)
• A new report predicts coal jobs will continue to decline regardless of what happens with the Clean Power Plan. (High Country News)
• How Utah coal interests pushed a plan for an export terminal in California.
• A report finds operators exceeded pressure and temperature limits at California's San Onofre nuclear plant, causing damage that led to the plant's 2012 closure. (San Diego Union-Tribune)
• Nuclear subsidies will be a key part of New York's clean energy plan. (New York Times)
• Conservative groups are pushing back against the Republican party's denial of climate change. (The Guardian)
• A North Dakota congressman and self-identified climate skeptic has emerged as one of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s key energy advisers. (Midwest Energy News)
• The Republican Mayor of Carmel, Indiana and a pledged delegate at the Republican National Convention has for years maintained a climate-friendly agenda.
POLITICS: While some participants at the Republican National Convention push for a conservative clean-energy approach, the party's platform would undo decades of climate and energy policy. (Midwest Energy News, New York Times)
• A group that fights pollution rules on behalf of utilities remains shrouded in secrecy. (SNL Energy)
• An oil executive says the industry does better under Democratic presidents. (Forbes)
EFFICIENCY: Overturning a major obstacle to clean energy financing for homeowners, federal housing agencies will now allow PACE financing on homes with federally backed mortgages. (Bloomberg)
• Attorneys general in three states file lawsuits accusing Volkswagen executives of knowingly participating for years in schemes to thwart pollution tests.
OIL AND GAS: Two refiners agree to a record $425 million settlement that is expected to significantly reduce pollution in the West. (Los Angeles Times)
• An eight-year study says fracking may worsen asthma in children and adults who live near drilling sites. (Associated Press)
• Natural gas production begins at the Pittsburgh airport, in a deal that is expected to net $450 million in royalty payments. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
• Natural gas flaring is increasing again in North Dakota. (Prairie Public Broadcasting)
PIPELINES: Hundreds of miles of pipelines are under development in Texas to export natural gas to Mexico.
SOLAR: A Massachusetts church challenges local officials' rejection of its solar plan, arguing it impinges on religious freedom. (Boston Globe)
• Agreement within the utility industry on how to further democratize distributed energy “appears elusive.” (Utility Dive)
• Solar installers say a California utility's plan would make rooftop solar accessible only to the very wealthy. (Palm Springs Desert Sun)
WIND: A New York utility pursues an offshore wind project off Long Island that would be the nation's largest. (Bloomberg)
• An industry group says Massachusetts' push for clean energy could put New England's last nuclear plants out of business. (Bloomberg)
• A report finds the Department of Energy fails to protect whistleblowers from retaliation.
CLIMATE: A new poll finds increasing public concern about climate change. (InsideClimate News)
• A Republican-led U.S. House panel subpoenas two state attorneys general and eight environmental and legal groups amid their investigations into whether Exxon Mobil misled investors on climate change risks; environmental groups respond by seeking more information on lawmakers' relationships with oil companies. (Reuters, The Hill)
• Senate Democrats confront the "many-headed dragon" of organizations denying climate science. (Huffington Post)
CONGRESS: Rep. Fred Upton says an energy bill is unlikely to emerge from Congress before the election. (The Hill)
• A bill in the U.S. Senate would offer tax credits for energy storage.