CLIMATE: Why Warren Buffett sees climate change simultaneously as a threat and a business opportunity. (InsideClimate News)

• New Jersey lawmakers advance a bill to establish an 80 percent renewable energy standard. (Bergen County Record)
• A proposed 50 percent renewable standard could come up for a vote again in the Oregon legislature this week. (Portland Tribune)
• A sweeping federal energy bill may return to the Senate floor for a vote this week. (E&E Daily)

• Warren Buffett shares details of a phone call he had with Elon Musk over Nevada’s net metering dispute. (Las Vegas Sun)
• Xcel Energy files plans with Colorado regulators to double its solar portfolio in the state. (Denver Business Journal)
• In a new survey of utility professionals, 91 percent of respondents said they expect utility-scale solar to “increase significantly or moderately in their fuel mixes over the next five years.” (Utility Dive)
• A proposed amendment to Florida’s Constitution backed by utilities has 73% public support, a poll paid for by utilities finds. (Sun Sentinel)
• An 8.5 MW solar project in New Hampshire is on hold until lawmakers raise the state’s net metering cap. (New Hampshire Public Radio)

• New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants federal regulators to stop work on a natural gas pipeline near a nuclear plan. (Bloomberg)
• An environmental group warns that cheap natural gas is spawning a wave of petrochemical plants that will emit significant greenhouse gas emissions. (Associated Press)
A new industry report says natural gas pipelines don’t hurt property values. (Toledo Blade)
• A bill to allow fracking in Florida will go before a legislative committee again today. (CBS 47)

• When coal companies fail, who pays for the cleanup? (National Public Radio)
• Amid objections, a federal judge approves a financial lifeline for Arch Coal. (Casper Star Tribune)

• The House explores resuming the opening of a planned long-term commercial waste storage facility beneath Yucca Mountain in Nevada. (The Hill)
• There may be lessons for U.S. utilities from how South Korea actually lowered costs of building new reactors. (Vox)

• As the country transitions away from coal to more wind, solar and natural gas, experts say new grid regulations are needed to ensure reliability. (EnergyWire)
• A survey finds growing interest among homeowners in energy storage. (Greentech Media)

TECHNOLOGY: As the federal ARPA-E program seeks the next game-changing energy innovation, calls to expand the program’s budget are falling on deaf ears. (Fortune)

UTILITIES: NRG Energy, in the midst of a leadership transition, posts a $6 billion loss. (Houston Chronicle)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Nissan shuts down the mobile app for its Leaf after a security breach. (Motor Trend)

POLITICS: A Texas anti-abortion group is campaigning for 100 percent renewable energy. (CleanTechnica)

COMMENTARY: Everything you need to know about new light bulb efficiency standards. (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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