CORRECTION: A BP refinery is not connected to a Washington county’s decision to suspend new permits for oil exports, as incorrectly stated in an item in yesterday’s digest.

NUCLEAR: A California utility submits a formal proposal calling for the shutdown of the state’s last remaining nuclear power plant. (Los Angeles Times)

• In a decision praised by solar advocates, Arizona regulators delay a decision on whether to increase fees and reduce payments for one utility’s rooftop solar customers until more data on costs and benefits can be compiled. (PV Magazine, Arizona Republic)
• California generates more solar power than official numbers suggest. (Greentech Media)
• How one Washington, D.C., family uses solar and low-energy appliances to live almost entirely off the grid. (The Atlantic)

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EMISSIONS: A vast majority of voters in nine Northeastern states support their regional emissions reduction program, according to a new poll. (ThinkProgress)

• An energy industry trade group is suing the Obama administration for canceling or postponing the sale of more than two dozen oil and gas leases. (Associated Press)
• Wind and solar power depend on fast-ramping natural gas plants, which fill in the gaps of intermittent power generation, according to a new study conducted by researchers in New York and Europe. (Washington Post)

FRACKING: Science advisers to the EPA conclude the agency’s report on whether fracking pollutes drinking water across the nation is “comprehensive but lacking in several critical areas.” (Washington Post)

PIPELINES: The government’s quiet approval of the 1,172-mile Dakota Access Pipeline from North Dakota to Illinois is drawing local opposition. (Mother Jones)

Fire crews work through the night to extinguish a blaze at a coal-fired power plant along the St. Clair River in Michigan. (Associated Press)
• A chemical fire breaks out at a coal-fired power plant in New Mexico while crews work to decommission three generating units. (Daily Times)

• A set of proposed energy efficiency programs in Kansas could bring substantial energy savings to electric customers, but critics oppose the $30 million price tag. (Midwest Energy News)
• Automakers are using space-age adhesives to reduce the weight of automobiles and save fuel. (New York Times)

COAL: North Carolina’s state epidemiologist resigns amid a scandal over whether the government lied to residents about coal ash contaminating their well water, saying she can’t work for an administration “that deliberately misleads the public.” (Charlotte Observer)

GRID: Bill Gates invests $13 million in a cleantech startup to help utilities improve electric grid efficiency. (Puget Sound Business Journal)

• A renewable energy-focused nonprofit in Hawaii wants more than $3 million from the federal government to fund a major electric car-sharing project on Oahu. (Pacific Business News)
• Hot temperatures and a lack of public charging stations make it more costly to operate Tesla’s electric cars in southern Texas. (San Antonio Business Journal)

• A candidate who favors industrial-scale wind development wins Vermont’s Democratic gubernatorial primary by a double-digit margin. (InsideClimate News)
• As the nation’s first offshore wind farm prepares to open off the coast of Rhode Island, other states have “suddenly woken up” to offshore wind’s potential. (Associated Press)

Thanks to fracking, the U.S. has reduced CO2 emissions to levels not seen in more than two decades. (Energy Tomorrow)
• As the solar industry changes its economic model, adoption will accelerate at a rate of 20 to 30 percent. (Renewable Energy World)

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