• EPA administrator Gina McCarthy says the agency will push for further action on climate change in the coming year. (The Hill)
• Activists in the coming year plan to target fossil fuel leases on federal land. (InsideClimate News)
• A lawsuit says Massachusetts officials have failed to take adequate steps to meet a state emissions reduction mandate. (Boston Globe)

CLEAN POWER PLAN: A look ahead at what to expect in 2016. (ClimateWire)

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• Nevada regulators will consider delaying new charges for solar customers, who have accused utilities of a bait-and-switch. (Associated Press, KNPR)
• Beyond Nevada, other state fights over net metering cloud the future of the solar industry. (MIT Technology Review)
• A Google program aims to help homeowners make smarter decisions on solar panels. (Associated Press)
Brewers in western North Carolina are using peer pressure to persuade minds about solar and renewable energy. (Mother Nature Network)
• Here’s how the national solar lobby succeeded in persuading Congress to extend the Investment Tax Credit to 2022. (Greentech Media)

• A new report says New Jersey could be a leader in offshore wind. (The Record)
• Amazon is planning to build a 100 MW wind farm in northwest Ohio to help power three new data centers. (Toledo Blade)

GRID: In response to price spikes in Illinois, federal regulators order PJM to redesign parts of its capacity auction. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

NUCLEAR: How San Francisco’s mayor plans to push for closure of California’s last nuclear plant. (San Francisco Chronicle)

• A California utility is erecting screens to prevent an out-of-control natural gas leak form impacting nearby neighborhoods. (Reuters)
• Oklahoma regulators order changes to rules governing wastewater disposal in response to a string of earthquakes near Oklahoma City; new data show the number of earthquakes in the state increased 50 percent in the last year. (Associated Press, EnergyWire)
• The number of drilling rigs in North Dakota has hit its lowest point since 2009. (Fargo Forum)
• A New York town approves a six-month moratorium on fracking wastewater. (Buffalo News)
• In an interview, the CEO of BP recounts the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill as a “near-death experience.” (BBC)

BIOENERGY: A Colorado city is believed to be the first in the U.S. to power municipal vehicles with methane from its sewage treatment plant. (NPR)

ELECTRIC CARS: The global Zero-Emission Vehicle Alliance, which includes 8 U.S. states, aims to eliminate the sale of gasoline-powered vehicles by 2015 2050. (Greenwire)

COMMENTARY: The conservative case for solar subsidies. (New York Times)


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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