CLIMATE: China and the U.S. reach a landmark agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions. (New York Times)

COAL: Advocates question job figures being used to support Ohio utilities’ efforts to guarantee revenue for aging coal plants. (Midwest Energy News)

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GRID: A Colorado company plans nearly 20 MW of energy storage in Illinois. (Denver Business Journal)

• A solar executive says Wisconsin rate decisions could cost the state thousands of jobs. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
• A small Illinois town receives a $1 million grant to build a 1 MW solar array. (Moline Dispatch / Rock Island Argus)
• A Michigan church cuts its electric bills 70 percent with new solar panels. (Saline Reporter)
• Why 2015 will be a big year for solar in Illinois. (Greentech Media)

EPA: Fourteen states file a brief in support of EPA carbon rules. (The Hill)

TRANSPORTATION: Some utilities are making it cheaper to drive electric cars. (Huffington Post)

OIL: A fire prompts evacuation of a Minnesota refinery, and advocates warn a Virginia river is at risk from North Dakota oil shipments. (Minnesota Public Radio, Virginia Gazette)

TECHNOLOGY: How an Ohio company benefits from both fracking and wind energy. (Columbus Business First)

TRANSMISSION: American Electric Power increases its budget for Ohio transmission upgrades. (Columbus Business First)

COMMENTARY: Can Republicans really change President Obama’s climate and energy plans? (Forbes)

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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