CLIMATE: Berkshire Hathaway shareholders reject a climate resolution despite testimony from James Hansen and others. (Washington Post, Columbia University)

ALSO:
• Shareholders push utilities to show they can survive economically amid efforts to limit warming to 2 degrees. (ClimateWire)
• A study finds half of the world’s top 500 investors are doing nothing about climate change. (Reuters)
• In a “massive victory,” a judge sides with eight kids in a Washington state climate lawsuit. (Huffington Post)

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UTILITIES:
• A clash between Warren Buffett and Elon Musk in Nevada challenges long-held assumptions about the utility business. (Las Vegas Sun)
• Former NRG Energy CEO David Crane discusses his departure from the company and what he plans next. (Greentech Media)

POLITICS:
• A conservative PAC plans to target Tom Steyer, Bill McKibben and other climate activists. (Politico)
• Renewable energy groups are spending more on lobbying in Massachusetts. (Boston Globe)

CLEAN POWER PLAN:
• A conservative group with deep ties to the Koch brothers takes credit for state efforts to halt compliance with the Clean Power Plan. (Politico, ClimateWire)
• Challengers to the Clean Power Plan ask federal judges for five hours of oral arguments across two days in June — typically cases get 20 to 40 minutes. (Greenwire)
• New Jersey officials say the state is not working on a compliance plan: “we don’t need EPA’s re-engineering.” (NJ Spotlight)

SOLAR:
• A report says some of the states with strongest solar potential also have the least favorable solar policies. (Solar Industry)
• North Carolina surpasses New Jersey to become the number 3 state in the U.S. for solar capacity. (Charlotte Business Journal)
• Vermont’s Supreme Court sides with solar developers in a dispute over local control of siting. (Burlington Free Press)
• Maine lawmakers uphold Gov. Paul LePage’s veto of legislation intended to boost solar development in the state. (Portland Press Herald)

WIND: High wind speeds in April produced “unprecedented power production”across the Upper Midwest. (Minnesota Public Radio)

OIL AND GAS:
• Exxon posts its lowest quarterly profit in 16 years. (Associated Press)
• Floods in Texas are washing fracking chemicals and crude oil into rivers. (Associated Press)
• Satellite data show more natural gas flares in the U.S. than in other countries. (Climate Central)
• Wyoming’s largest natural gas producer may file for bankruptcy. (Wyoming Public Media)
• Colorado’s governor says there’s still room to compromise on drilling issues in the state. (Denver Business Journal)
• The Bakken oil and gas field is largely responsible for the global uptick in ethane pollution, a new study says. (Associated Press)

PIPELINES:
• A pipeline explosion in Pennsylvania injures one person and pushes prices upward. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
• House Republicans pull a provision in proposed pipeline safety legislation that would have made it easier for people affected by spills and leaks to file civil cases. (E&E Daily)

COAL:
• The decline in coal use since its apex in 2007 was “particularly sharp” in the Midwest and Southeast. (ClimateWire)
• A study estimates coal passing through a proposed Washington state export terminal could emit as much carbon annually as 672,000 cars. (Seattle Times)
• Small Montana towns suffer from coal’s decline: “Our economy is pulled by one horse.” (Billings Gazette)

GRID:
• A Minnesota co-op leads an initiative pushing for the greater use of electric water heaters and electric vehicles as a means for energy storage. (Midwest Energy News)
• Hawaii lawmakers push for energy-storage incentives. (Associated Press)
• A Texas lawmaker convenes a grid security conference centered on the remote threat of an electromagnetic pulse attack. (Texas Tribune)

COMMENTARY:
Why cities are well-suited for renewable energy growth. (Wall Street Journal)
• On Amtrak’s 45th birthday, a look at why American passenger rail is so bad. (Vox)

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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