CLIMATE: A new poll finds increasing public concern about climate change. (InsideClimate News)

• A Republican-led U.S. House panel subpoenas two state attorneys general and eight environmental and legal groups amid their investigations into whether Exxon Mobil misled investors on climate change risks; environmental groups respond by seeking more information on lawmakers’ relationships with oil companies. (Reuters, The Hill)
• Senate Democrats confront the “many-headed dragon” of organizations denying climate science. (Huffington Post)

CONGRESS: Rep. Fred Upton says an energy bill is unlikely to emerge from Congress before the election. (The Hill)

• A bill in the U.S. Senate would offer tax credits for energy storage. (Bloomberg)
• A San Francisco office tower will use on-site batteries to avoid peak power rates. (CleanTechnica)

OVERSIGHT: Political contributions raise questions about transparency in the approval process for a Rhode Island power plant. (Rhode Island Public Radio)

TRANSMISSION: Missouri regulators delay action for 60 days on reconsidering a developer’s plans for the $2 billion Grain Belt Express transmission project. (EnergyWire)

• A Republican state senator touts his plan to expand solar in Florida without subsidies. (Southeast Energy News)
• An Arizona utility says its rooftop solar program is not intended to shut out competition. (Greentech Media)
• An endangered bird thwarts plans to install a solar array on a former landfill in Massachusetts. (WWLP)
• A Maine organic farm could be home to the state’s largest solar array. (Portland Press Herald)
• A California utility will partner with SolarCity on a grid storage project. (Utility Dive)

WIND: A reclaimed Wyoming coal mine is now home to a wind farm. (KCWY)

NUCLEAR: Groups sue Florida Power & Light alleging the cooling ponds for its Turkey Point nuclear plant have become an “open industrial sewer.” (Miami New Times)

OIL AND GAS: Oklahoma officials investigate whether drilling activity is playing a role in a recent cluster of earthquakes. (Associated Press)

EQUITY: Neighbors are calling plans to revive an idled natural gas plant in a predominantly black New Orleans neighborhood an “environmental injustice.” (ColorLines)

POLITICS: Montana Republicans say Democrats are to blame for the state’s declining coal industry. (Billings Gazette)

BIOMASS: Some scientists and environmentalists are “a lot more skeptical” about the purported climate benefits of biomass. (North Country Public Radio)

COMMENTARY: Three visions for the grid of the future. (Greentech Media)

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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