• A new report warns the world’s transition from fossil fuels isn’t happening quickly enough. (New York Times)
• The city council in Denton, Texas takes up a plan to move to 70 percent renewable energy. (KERA)

• EPA director Gina McCarthy suggests Texas would prefer to have its own plan to comply with carbon rules, rather than have the EPA dictate one. (Texas Tribune)
• Most states that have joined the lawsuit against the federal rules are also mulling how they might comply, including Indiana’s once-defiant governor. (ClimateWire)

• Republican lawmakers want FERC to re-evaluate the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act, a 1978 law that has helped spur renewable energy adoption. (Bloomberg)
• Based on strong public polling, advocates in Missouri are crafting a clean-energy ballot initiative for the 2016 election. (Midwest Energy News)

UTILITIES: As it seeks to form a municipal utility, Boulder, Colorado cannot acquire Xcel Energy resources outside its city limits, according to a decision by state regulators last week. (SNL Energy)

• Developers propose new offshore wind farms off the Massachusetts and California coasts. (Boston Globe, San Jose Mercury News)
• Conspiracy theories about the removal of anti-wind signs in Maine turn out to be mistaken. (Portland Press Herald)

SOLAR: Meet the physicist who helped the Department of Energy push the envelope on reducing solar costs. (Greenwire)

GRID: How a California company’s “hybrid electric buildings” could be the next breakthrough in energy storage. (Washington Post)

• Analysts say President Obama’s rejection of the project may eventually boost rail shipments out of Alberta. (EnergyWire)
• TransCanada may still have other options to develop the pipeline. (Christian Science Monitor)

OIL AND GAS: The Bureau of Land Management attempts to balance drilling interests with Utah’s recreation economy. (High Country News)

POLLUTION: A study finds chemical dispersants may not have helped degrade oil after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill, raising new questions about where the oil wound up. (Associated Press)

POLITICS: Utilities have spent more than $1.6 million in Michigan over the past year to influence legislators and the public as the state overhauls its energy policy. (MLive)

OVERSIGHT: New Mexico’s Supreme Court rejects a petition to disqualify some state regulators from deciding on a utility’s coal plant plan. (Associated Press)

• How renewable energy certificates advance clean energy in the U.S. (Vox)
• Why coal, not Keystone XL, is the real climate victory. (Politico)


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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