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Colorado playing both sides on Clean Power Plan

CLEAN POWER PLAN:
• Whether Colorado supports or opposes the Clean Power Plan depends on whether you ask the state’s governor or attorney general. (Denver Business Journal)
• A failure of the Clean Power Plan could undermine U.S. credibility in seeking global steps to mitigate climate change. (Mother Jones)

CLIMATE:
• In what critics dub a “fishing expedition,” a Texas congressman seeks the emails of NOAA scientists who published a study undercutting a popular climate denier talking point. (Washington Post)
• The Obama Administration is ramping up efforts to get the American public behind its goal for a strong global climate change deal in Paris in December. (The Hill)
Here are the overriding issues expected to dominate the Paris climate talks. (Climate Central)
• Republicans attack Obama’s climate policies to paint a nation divided over any new global plan to cut emissions. (National Journal)

NUCLEAR:
• Nuclear power plant operators are dipping into funds set aside for eventual decommissioning to pay for on-site waste storage. (Associated Press)
• The Department of Energy cancels plans to ship nuclear waste to an Idaho facility from other states. (Reuters)
While nuclear fusion remains a dream at this point, several start-up companies are trying to make it a reality. (New York Times)

SOLAR:
• Here’s how utilities are profiting from solar energy. (Motley Fool)
• Solar power is catching on with Nebraska farmers. (Lincoln Journal Star)
• Vermont utilities are close to reaching the state’s net metering cap. (Associated Press)

WIND: A Minnesota utility expects long-term contracts for wind power to beat out natural gas on price. (Bloomberg News)

COAL:
• Experts say a new report on the benefits of coal being published by the IEA is “deeply confused and deeply misleading.” (The Guardian)
Coal production continues to decline in Colorado. (Colorado Spring Gazette)
Why Montana’s Crow Nation is unique among Northwest tribes in its support of the coal industry. (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

OIL AND GAS:
Federal regulators approve the first permit to drill in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska. (The Hill)
Alaska’s governor drops a plan to tax natural gas left in the ground after producers agree to supply a state pipeline project. (Juneau Empire)
• A new analysis casts doubt on earlier optimistic projections by the industry and the state about oil and gas production in Ohio. (Midwest Energy News)
Critics say a North Dakota panel made up of the state’s top officials continues to relax rules over natural gas flaring in favor of the industry. (Associated Press)

UTILITIES:
Duke Energy says it has reached an agreement buy Piedmont Natural Gas for $4.9 billion. (Wall Street Journal)
Exelon hints it may walk away from its proposed Pepco buyout if D.C. regulators don’t act quickly enough. (Crain’s Chicago Business)

TECHNOLOGY:
There are signs the energy storage industry is ready to scale up. (New York Times)
Tesla says its Nevada “gigafactory” should begin producing batteries next year. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

POLITICS:
Rep. Paul Ryan, the leading contender to be the next Speaker of the House, is a major recipient of energy sector donations, with Koch Industries among his top contributors. (E&E Daily)
A Long Island Republican activist explains why he’s spending millions to fight climate change. (Grist)

COMMENTARY: A Republican congressman from South Florida says climate change shouldn’t be a partisan issue. (Miami Herald)

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