• The Senate passes the Energy Policy Modernization Act, the first significant federal energy bill since 2007; the bill still faces opposition in the House. (New York Times, Greenwire)
• Electricity generated from biomass plants would be considered a carbon-neutral, renewable source under the bill. (Climate Progress)

• 160 countries, including the United States, are expected to sign the Paris Agreement on climate change tomorrow. (Associated Press, The Hill)
• Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz says action on climate change “is going a lot faster than many had expected.” (Christian Science Monitor)

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• An industry group estimates the U.S. has surpassed one million solar installations. (Greentech Media)
• San Francisco will become the first major U.S. city to require solar panels on all new buildings. (Quartz)
• Maine solar supporters begin rallying lawmakers to override an expected veto of solar legislation by Gov. Paul LePage. (Associated Press)
• An Idaho town will install solar roadway panels in a 150-square-foot pilot project. (Inlander)
• Will storage help solar customers “regain the upper hand” in Nevada? (Vegas Inc.)

• Federal officials estimate a significantly lower number of eagle deaths from a proposed Wyoming wind farm than projected in 2012, in part due to mitigation efforts. (Casper Star-Tribune)
• Wind turbine technician is the country’s fastest-growing profession, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data. (Inside Energy)

U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy deflects criticism that federal regulations are killing coal-industry jobs, saying market conditions are the primary culprit. (ClimateWire)
• Environmental groups sue several federal agencies for extending operations of a coal plant on Navajo Nation land in New Mexico. (Durango Herald)
• The EPA grants seven coal plants a one-year extension to meet mercury and air toxins pollution rules. (Platts)

PIPELINES: Developers drop plans for a controversial $3.3 billion natural gas pipeline from New York to Massachusetts. (Boston Globe)

FRACKING: Industry and environmental groups await a decision from a federal judge in Wyoming on rules for fracking on public lands. (Associated Press)

• The first overseas shipment of North Dakota crude since the U.S. export ban was lifted arrives in the Netherlands. (Associated Press)
• An oil company faces criminal charges for failing to report a spill that polluted a Montana stream in 2011. (Associated Press)

• California lawmakers will hold hearings examining whether closure of the Aliso Canyon gas field would lead to blackouts. (Los Angeles Times)
• A U.S. House transportation bill includes tougher rules for natural gas storage. (Los Angeles Times)

• An American Lung Association report finds more than half of Americans live in counties with unhealthy levels of air pollution. (NBC News)
• Volkswagen plans to pay $1 billion to owners of diesel cars that were programmed to cheat federal pollution standards. (Detroit News/Associated Press)

EFFICIENCY: Advocates say municipally owned utilities in Iowa are underachieving when it comes to energy efficiency goals and could be pushed to do more. (Midwest Energy News)

POLITICS: Changing economics mean Republican opposition to clean energy is waning. (Bloomberg)

UTILITIES: Experts say this week’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling on states’ interfering with wholesale power markets through power plant subsidies will likely lead to more challenges. (EnergyWire)

• How the federal energy bill “could end up accelerating climate change.” (New York Times)
• Michael Bloomberg says the U.S. can meet its climate targets under the Paris agreement even if the Supreme Court strikes down parts of the Clean Power Plan. (BloombergView)

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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