Daily digest

Names revealed for new leaders of EPA, Energy Dept.

CABINET: President Obama is expected to appoint Gina McCarthy to lead the EPA, and Ernest Moniz to head the Department of Energy. (Reuters)

SOLAR: A pair of Minnesota lawmakers say they’ll introduce a bill calling for a 10 percent solar standard. (St. Paul Pioneer Press)

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NUCLEAR: Despite the closure of its Kewaunee nuclear plant in Wisconsin, Domonion CEO Thomas Farrell says nuclear energy will still be key to achieving climate goals; and a Department of Energy contract will help advance small modular reactors. (Greenwire, New York Times)

COAL: Indiana lawmakers are expected to vote today on a bill that could determine the future of a proposed coal-to-gas plant. (Evansville Courier & Press)

CLIMATE: Secretary of State John Kerry says failing to address climate change represents a lost economic opportunity. (The Hill)

RENEWABLES: Renewable energy accounted for 100% of new generation capacity added in January, according to FERC. (The Hill)

EFFICIENCY: A new report finds energy efficiency is a better economic driver than adding new production. (GreenTech Media)

CLIMATE: A bill in Kansas would require schools to teach the “controversy” on climate science. (Topeka Capital-Journal)

MICHIGAN: A group of contractors say troubled battery manufacturer LG Chem owes them more than $250,000. (WOOD-TV)

COMMENTARY: How biofuel production is threatening grasslands on the Great Plains. (EarthTechling)

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