CLIMATE: Citizens suing governments represent a “novel” new front in climate activism. (New York Times)

• Is fracking helping mitigate climate change or making it worse? (Mother Jones)
Two Florida Congressmen struggle to attract members to their bi-partisan caucus to consider options for mitigating climate change. (Fox News Latino)

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• The Tennessee Valley Authority rejects a $38 million cash offer from a Nevada company for an unfinished Alabama nuclear plant.(Associated Press)
• The Davis-Besse nuclear plant in Ohio is operating again after a 44-day shutdown to install new emergency safety measures. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
• A Nevada panel, along with neighboring tribes, question federal regulators about groundwater impacts from the Yucca Mountain waste repository. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

Solar stocks are down amid concerns about future growth and regulatory uncertainty. (Reuters)
• Maine solar companies anxiously await a decision from state regulators on net metering. (Maine Public Broadcasting)
• Salt Lake City will contract for 3 MW of solar as a step toward a goal of 100 percent renewable energy by 2032. (Deseret News)

• How Maryland’s decision to strengthen its renewable energy standard reflects the broader national debate over the policies. (Utility Dive)
• Boulder, Colorado’s city council supports a goal of 100 percent renewable energy by 2030. (Boulder Daily Camera)

RENEWABLES: Big oil companies are making major investments in clean energy. (Bloomberg)

• A report projects continued growth for the U.S. wind industry for the next 3-4 years. (USA Today)
• New Mexico reaches 1,000 megawatts of installed wind capacity. (Public News Service)
Opponents of a Wisconsin wind farm push local officials to reject a report that failed to find evidence supporting their health claims. (Green Bay Press-Gazette)

• U.S. Geological Survey researchers say chemicals from fracking wastewater can negatively impact nearby freshwater sources. (Washington Post)
• ExxonMobil restarts a California refinery more than a year after a major explosion. (Associated Press)
• California lawmakers press utilities over continued use of “a huge hole in the ground” for natural gas storage. (Los Angeles Times)

KEYSTONE XL: Six states along with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce file briefs supporting a lawsuit over rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline. (The Hill)

RAIL: The U.S. Senate passes a bill to increase training efforts for first responders to rail car accidents involving hazardous materials. (The Hill)

POLLUTION: A 13 year battle over a proposal for a floating power plant in a New York City barge channel may be starting up again. (Tech Insider)

• Why Warren Buffett’s $3.6 billion investment in wind energy was a calculated move. (Motley Fool)
• “Coal’s season in hell has barely begun.” (Bloomberg)

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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