Despite delay, states moving forward on Clean Power Plan

CLEAN POWER PLAN:
• Experts in China and India say the Supreme Court's decision to delay the Clean Power Plan could upend the Paris climate accord. (New York Times)
• A White House spokesman says the U.S. can still reach its climate goals despite the delay. (Reuters)
• Texas, Georgia and Kentucky are among states that have slowed or stopped work on Clean Power Plan compliance; West Virginia and Arizona will still move forward with studying options. (Texas Tribune, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Associated Press, Arizona Republic)
• Meanwhile, New York, Virginia, California, Colorado, Washington and Pennsylvania have announced they'll continue moving forward on compliance. (Bloomberg, Pittsburgh Business Times)
• Colorado's governor and attorney general remain divided on the plan.

Impact of court’s Clean Power Plan stay remains to be seen

CLEAN POWER PLAN: In what one legal scholar calls a "stunning development," the Supreme Court grants a temporary stay blocking enforcement of the Clean Power Plan while legal challenges play out. (New York Times)

ALSO:
• It remains to be seen what the court's decision foretells for the Clean Power Plan itself. (Vox)
• The Obama administration vows to press ahead with the plan. (Associated Press)
• The decision could threaten the credibility of the Paris climate accord. (InsideClimate News)
• Analysts say the decision won't have any "practical market implictations" for coal.

Data show costs falling as grid gets cleaner

CLEAN ENERGY: New data show that energy prices are generally falling as the grid gets cleaner. (Greentech Media)

ALSO:
• Analysts say low oil prices shouldn't have a long-term impact on clean energy sectors. (Reuters)
• Environmental groups in Oregon put $250,000 toward backing a ballot measure to displace coal with clean energy. (Willamette Week)
• A Texas army base will get about half of its electricity from renewable sources. (Military.com)

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Opposition builds against utility-backed ‘sustainable energy’ bill in Utah

CLIMATE: The Obama administration is set to propose a $1.65 billion, 10-year fund for climate infrastructure as part of its budget proposal for next fiscal year. (ClimateWire)

UTILITIES: A coalition of business, environmental and consumer groups oppose a utility-backed sustainable energy bill in Utah, saying it would limit public oversight and increase costs for ratepayers. (Deseret News)

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SOLAR:
• Solar advocates want more urgency from Massachusetts lawmakers on lifting the state's net metering cap.

U.S. making ‘permanent shifts’ toward clean energy

CLEAN ENERGY:
• New data suggest the U.S. is making "permanent shifts" toward a clean-energy system. (National Geographic)
• The U.S. EIA projects utility-scale renewable projects will supply 14 percent of U.S. electricity this year. (Utility Dive)
• A Hawaii co-op generated 90 percent of its electricity from renewable sources four times in January. (HawaiiNewsNow)

TRANSPORTATION: The White House will propose a $10 per barrel tax on oil to support clean transportation projects. (New York Times)

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Ballot measure seeks to break up Nevada utility’s monopoly

UTILITIES:
• A Nevada ballot measure seeks to deregulate the state's electricity market and break up NV Energy's monopoly. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
• Following a series of controversies, California lawmakers seek a drastic overhaul of the state's Public Utilities Commission. (Los Angeles Times)

POLICY: Political disputes over the water crisis in Flint, Michigan could derail the Senate energy bill. (The Hill)

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Criminal charges filed over California natural gas leak

NATURAL GAS:
• Los Angeles County files criminal charges against the utility responsible for an ongoing natural gas leak. (Los Angeles Times)
• Crews are drilling relief wells to help stop the leak. (Reuters)
• Federal regulators urge operators of natural gas storage sites to step up efforts to prevent leaks. (Reuters)

CLEAN POWER PLAN: Analysts say the Supreme Court's decision backing FERC on demand response bodes well for the EPA. (Bloomberg BNA)

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In efficiency milestone, GE to phase out CFL bulbs

EFFICIENCY: As the quality of LEDs improves and costs continue to fall, GE says it will phase out CFL bulbs. (New York Times)

SOLAR:
• Hawaii utility companies have installed 77,000 solar systems across the state, representing 17 percent of all customers. (Pacific Business Journal)
• Why a small Boston suburb is seeing a solar boom. (Wicked Local Melrose)

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Coal’s contribution to U.S. electricity at lowest level since 1970

COAL:
U.S. electricity generated from coal drops to its lowest level since at least 1970. (Climate Central)

ALSO:
• One analysis says President Obama's coal moratorium may have a bigger impact on climate change than the Clean Power Plan. (Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis)
• The moratorium on federal mining leases creates an air of pessimism in Wyoming coal country. (Associated Press)
• Mining companies are finding that structuring production so it flexes with demand may be key to their survival. (Platts)

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U.S. coal production hits lowest level in 30 years

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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.