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CLIMATE:
• Exxon Mobil has stepped up lobbying efforts over the past six months in support of a revenue-neutral carbon tax. (Christian Science Monitor)
• Several unanswered questions remain over an agreement among North American leaders to reduce emissions. (ClimateWire)

PIPELINES:
• A Canadian court rejects a $6 billion oil pipeline from Alberta to the Pacific coast because government officials did not adequately consult with tribal communities. (Associated Press)
• Former Vice President Al Gore’s daughter was among 23 people arrested at a pipeline protest in Boston. (Associated Press)

SOLAR:
• An expected glut in solar modules will likely give way to even lower installed solar prices. (Utility Dive)
• Texas could become the fastest-growing utility-scale solar market in the U.S., according to a new industry report. (Utility Dive)

COAL: The developer of a coal export terminal in Oakland says he remains committed to finishing the project despite a city council vote to block it. (Tribune News Service)

OIL AND GAS: Oil production in the continental U.S. has dropped sharply since last year, helping to ease the world’s oil glut. (Houston Chronicle)

EFFICIENCY: A University of Chicago researcher discusses the vast energy efficiency potential with the sharing of energy-use data. (Midwest Energy News)

FOSSIL FUELS: The Obama administration issues new rules on how energy companies value oil, gas and coal extracted from federal land. (Reuters)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: U.S. officials are investigating a deadly crash involving a self-driving Tesla vehicle in Florida. (New York Times)

GASOLINE: California’s attorney general has issued subpoenas to several oil refiners in the state to learn how they set gasoline prices. (Associated Press)

WIND: Bolstered by recent high-profile endorsements, developers of the Grain Belt Express submit a new application for approval of the transmission project with Missouri regulators. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

2010 BP OIL SPILL: Louisiana and Mississippi today are to receive their first payments from settlements associated with the spill. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY: The rules of competitive energy markets were written years ago and do not account for “myriad innovative technologies” that are now available. (Utility Dive)

Andy Balaskovitz

Andy has been a journalism fellow for Midwest Energy News since 2014, following four years at City Pulse, Lansing’s alt-weekly newspaper. He covers the state of Michigan and also compiles the Midwest Energy News daily email digest. Andy is a graduate of Michigan State University’s Journalism School, where he focused on topics covered by the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism and wrote for the Great Lakes Echo. He was the 2008 and 2009 recipient of the Edward Meeman Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Environmental Journalism at Michigan State.

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