RENEWABLES: A majority of energy executives in a recent survey say renewables will provide more than half of U.S. energy by 2045, even with low natural gas prices. (Platts)

CLEAN POWER PLAN: The main opposition to the federal rules wants the U.S. EPA to stop fulfilling requests for information as the plan is being challenged in court. (ClimateWire)

• Sunrun drops its public records lawsuit against Nevada’s governor as the two parties announce a commitment to advance solar in the state. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
• What one million solar installations in the U.S. means in context. (InsideClimate News)
• A new report documents how a big share of solar’s latest growth is occurring in states without mandates. (Greentech Media)
• Local officials in Indiana block a planned 100,000-panel solar project following neighborhood concerns. (Columbus Republic)

• New York lawmakers introduce a bill to codify the state’s goal of eliminating greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. (Associated Press)
• A Massachusetts bill to boost hydro and offshore wind gets mixed reviews from stakeholders. (Worcester Business Journal)
• A Utah energy summit seeks a path forward for the state as fossil fuel industries decline. (Deseret News)

• Utah advocates say the state’s leaders are standing in the way of clean energy. (Salt Lake Tribune)
• Advocates and an industry group launch a campaign to promote renewable energy in Montana. (Bozeman Daily Chronicle)

PIPELINES: An oil pipeline ruptures in California’s Central Valley, spilling 21,000 gallons of crude; it’s the second spill on the line in 8 months. (San Francisco Chronicle, KQED)

• The U.S. leads the world in oil production for the third straight year. (Climate Central)
• Offshore drilling opponents say an obscure provision in a 1953 law could be used to ban offshore drilling in the U.S. permanently. (Bloomberg)
• Chesapeake Energy settles a lawsuit over Texas royalty payments for $53 million. (Oklahoman)

• The operator of a Montana coal plant that has become a touchstone in the debate over the industry’s future in the state says it’s leaving in two years. (Billings Gazette)
• Lower power prices could spell doom for a major Pennsylvania coal plant. (SNL Energy)
More than a thousand people pack a public hearing on a proposed Washington state coal export terminal. (Seattle Times)
• Supporters of a proposed Oakland coal terminal say it will bring needed jobs to the area. (San Jose Mercury News)

• Congressional opposition to long-term nuclear waste disposal at Yucca Mountain, Nevada is unlikely even after Sen. Harry Reid’s retirement. (Bloomberg)
A new report says U.S. nuclear reactors aren’t prepared to handle natural disasters. (Bloomberg)

• Hyundai plans to release an electric car with 250 miles of range by 2020. (Car and Driver)
• A $5,000 incentive starting in 2017 could make Colorado the best state to buy an electric car. (Washington Post)

CLIMATE: Revisiting the predictions of “An Inconvenient Truth” on its 10th anniversary. (ClimateWire)

COMMENTARY: An Exxon executive says the company is “proud of the role it plays in thoughtfully addressing” climate change and calls the Paris accord “an important step forward.” (Dallas Morning News)

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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