• New York’s attorney general issues a subpoena to examine whether ExxonMobil lied to investors about the risks of climate change to its business. (InsideClimate News)
• The New York investigation could expand to include other oil companies. (New York Times)
• ExxonMobil’s CEO denies misleading the public on climate change, but doesn’t address the company’s funding of misinformation campaigns. (InsideClimate News)

CLIMATE: A Pew Research Center poll of 40 countries finds that in all but one (Pakistan), a majority of respondents support limits on greenhouse gases. (New York Times)

• North Carolina officials advance a plan to partially address Clean Power Plan targets, setting up a possible legal showdown with the EPA. (Raleigh News & Observer)
Grid operator MISO is modeling various state-level compliance options to find the least-cost plans available for states. (EnergyWire)

• Another Arizona utility seeks to increase fixed charges and impose new fees on solar customers. (Arizona Daily Star)
• An Oregon co-op begins work on the state’s first community solar project. (Bend Bulletin)
• A solar CEO says saying the Investment Tax Credit won’t be renewed is “a self-fulfilling prophecy.” (Greentech Media)

EFFICIENCY: A Global Commission on the Economy and Climate report says tougher efficiency standards can cut emissions while growing the economy. (Reuters)

UTILITIES: State regulators are still at odds with utility FirstEnergy, which is seeking what critics call a bailout for several struggling nuclear and coal plants. (Midwest Energy News)

OIL:new mini-documentary explores the impact North Dakota’s oil boom has had on an Indian reservation there. (Midwest Energy News)

COAL: A southern Illinois coal plant is closing due to what the owner says is a “poorly designed” capacity market run by grid operator MISO that makes plants in deregulated areas compete with regulated plants. (SNL)

NUCLEAR: Despite a wave of recent plant closure announcements, the EIA reports that U.S. nuclear capacity would grow between 2016 and 2020. (Utility Dive)

HYDRO: A $2.5 billion hydropower project in Washington state gains the support of a Chinese company. (Yakima Herald)

POLLUTION: Federal officials are concerned a Texas energy company’s bankruptcy could leave taxpayers on the hook for cleanup at a polluted New Mexico uranium mine. (Texas Tribune)

COMMENTARY: The Equity Summit in Los Angeles helps to break down racial barriers in climate advocacy. (NRDC Switchboard)

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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