• Major banks pledge $7 billion in investments to support clean energy development. (Bloomberg)
• A financial leader says wind and solar have arrived at the “grownups table” of institutional investing. (Bloomberg)

UTILITIES: Opponents of the income-guarantee deals for two Ohio utilities say they have multiple ways of challenging state regulators’ approval, including a rehearing and court appeals. (Midwest Energy News)

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• Shutdown of the Aliso Canyon natural gas field could lead to blackouts in California this summer. (Associated Press)
• The Labor Department says thousands of oil and gas workers may be owed more than $40 million in back wages. (U.S. News and World Report)
• The University of Texas seeks to reap more rewards from drilling leases on millions of acres of land the institution owns. (Bloomberg)
• Ohio advocates plan to dive deeper into public sentiment about the benefits and risks of the state’s fracking industry as drilling declines. (Midwest Energy News)
• The Massachusetts supreme court will hear a case next month on whether utilities can enter long-term agreements with pipelines and then sell the gas on the spot market. (MassLive) 
• Researchers find evidence of endocrine disrupting chemicals near a wastewater disposal facility in West Virginia. (Pittsburgh Tribune)

• A leak that shut down the Keystone pipeline in South Dakota revives safety concerns. (InsideClimate News)
• The Texas supreme court will hear an “enormous, tangled mess” of a dispute between a landowner and a pipeline developer. (Texas Tribune)

• Massachusetts lawmakers reach a compromise on raising the state’s net metering cap. (Associated Press)
• A Pennsylvania county’s solar program expands to target businesses. (Pittsburgh Tribune)
• Researchers say the next wave of solar development won’t be driven as much by state renewable portfolio standards. (Utility Dive)
• Analysts say SunEdison’s decline will have little impact on the solar industry overall. (San Francisco Chronicle)

WIND: A New York official says the state cannot meet its renewable energy goals without offshore wind. (Bloomberg)

• A demonstration project in Texas promises zero-emissions electricity from fossil fuels. (Vox)
• Why Hawaii is a key testing ground for clean energy start-ups. (EnergyWire)

• State policies aimed at developing advanced energy technologies could stimulate 160,000 new jobs annually in the Southeast and boost economies in Rust Beelt states, new research shows. (ClimateWire)
• After a variety of renewable energy technologies were accidentally omitted from the latest investment tax credit, federal lawmakers are discussing whether they should be continued. (E&E Daily)

• Peabody Energy’s financial crisis could lead to tightening of “self-bonding” rules for coal mine cleanup. (MarketWatch)
• Montana’s governor is seeking a new ownership structure for a threatened coal plant. (Associated Press)
• A Kentucky bill to abolish the state’s mine safety inspections is likely dead for this year. (WKYU Public Radio)

NUCLEAR: Some see the support for nuclear energy in Illinois by climate scientist James Hansen and other conservationists as a push for proposed legislation that would prop up Exelon’s struggling Illinois plants. (Midwest Energy News)

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BIOENERGY: Washington’s governor vetoes a bill that would have allowed some biomass producers to sell renewable energy credits. (Longview Daily News)

COMMENTARY: A recently signed Maryland bill is a model for bipartisan cooperation on climate. (NRDC Switchboard)

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Ken Paulman

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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