NUCLEAR: Exelon threatens to shut down two reactors in upstate New York if regulators don’t approve a “compensation” plan for the facilities. (EnergyWire)

• Exxon asks a federal court to throw out a subpoena related to an investigation into whether it misled investors on climate risks. (Reuters)
• California Gov. Jerry Brown seeks to extend the state’s cap-and-trade law to 2020. (Los Angeles Times)

• Maryland regulators approve a framework for community solar. (CleanTechnica)
• Despite strong potential, solar is slow to catch on at the University of Wyoming. (Laramie Boomerang)

WIND: Developers of a Colorado wind farm push for an accelerated hearing in order to avoid losing out on $125 million in tax breaks. (Denver Post)

RENEWABLES: An Xcel Energy executive says concerns about the intermittency of wind and solar are overblown. (Albuquerque Business First)

GRID: California regulators push to deploy demand response and solar to address shortfalls caused by the shutdown of the Aliso Canyon natural gas facility. (Greentech Media)

• A new report warns the U.S. is falling behind on planning for new transmission. (Utility Dive)
• A relatively low-cost upgrade in New York connects renewable energy resources to cities. (Greentech Media)
• A bill aimed to stop the Clean Line transmission project across Arkansas, Tennessee and Oklahoma passes a U.S. House committee as a matching bill in the Senate awaits action. (Arkansas News)

• In a victory for North Dakota, a federal appeals court upholds a ruling that a 2007 Minnesota law illegally regulates out-of-state utilities by restricting coal electricity imports. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• An Illinois researcher is using 150-year-old technology to increase the efficiency of removing greenhouse gas pollutants from coal emissions. (Midwest Energy News)
• A Wyoming coal mine announces another round of layoffs. (Gillette News Record)

ELECTRIC CARS: California’s new budget cuts off funding for low-emission vehicle subsidies. (Los Angeles Times)

FRACKING: Pennsylvania lawmakers approve new regulations for fracking, but keep existing rules in place for conventional drilling. (PennLive)

• Solar incentives are still leaving low-income homeowners behind. (Public Source)
• Residents of a Los Angeles neighborhood question whether they’ll benefit from a proposed zero-emissions pilot project. (Los Angeles Times)

• “Right now, there is no charge for using the sky as one giant dumping ground.” (High Country News)
• Why Oregon is a “shining example” on clean energy. (Oregonian)

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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