CLEAN POWER PLAN:
• Lawsuits were filed by 24 states and one coal company this morning as the Clean Power Plan was officially published. (The Hill, New York Times)
• A bill in Wyoming could require legislative approval or a federal court ruling before the state could begin to comply with carbon rules. (Casper Star-Tribune)
• A MISO executive warns of a “re-Balkanizing” of the electric grid if states go it alone on compliance. (Platts)
• The EPA says it won’t be a “heavy lift” for states to receive a two-year extension on implementation. (Bloomberg)

CLIMATE:
• How Exxon pressured the George W. Bush administration to delay U.S. action on climate change. (InsideClimate News)
• Starting later this year, global CO2 levels are expected to remain consistently above 400 ppm. (New York Times)

WIND:
• The American Wind Energy Association announces a record quarter for new capacity in the U.S. (Utility Dive)
• On the same day as the AWEA announcement, Texas sets a production record with 37 percent of the state’s electricity coming from wind farms. (Houston Chronicle)

SOLAR:
• The Florida Supreme Court authorizes a pro-solar choice amendment for the state’s 2016 election ballot if backers can gather the required 680,000+ signatures by February 1. (Palm Beach Post)
• Solar panels are still facing backlash from homeowners’ associations in California. (Associated Press)
• Hawaii policy changes may give a glimpse at what comes next if states abandon net metering. (Utility Dive)

NUCLEAR: Activists say 2019 is not soon enough to shut down a Massachusetts nuclear plant. (Associated Press)

SECURITY: An attempted cyber attack on FirstEnergy this week highlights the need for better communication within the industry on data sharing, an executive tells lawmakers. (EnergyWire)

EFFICIENCY:
• Missouri regulators vote against continuing a utility’s popular efficiency rebate program, saying they want a better measurement of energy savings. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
A survey finds more architects are adopting an efficiency pledge, but the sector still has a long way to go. (CityLab)

TRANSPORTATION: Why a Chicago suburb is trying to be more like a city. (Politico Magazine)

COMMENTARY: ExxonMobil and other fossil fuel companies “have committed a crime of enormous proportions” by spreading doubt about climate science. (Huffington Post)

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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