• With major projects planned around the country, the price of new solar energy is now competitive or even cheaper than natural gas. (EnergyWire)
• A Texas utility cancels plans for a $46 million solar plant at Fort Bliss after failing to reach an agreement with the Army over siting. (El Paso Times)
• An Oklahoma utility is the latest to proposed increased fixed charges for solar customers. (The Oklahoman)

GRID: Results of Friday’s PJM Interconnection capacity auction are “the first piece of good news in a long time” for some power plants. (Bloomberg)

• Coal plants on tribal lands won’t get more lenient requirements under the Clean Power Plan that some were expecting. (InsideClimate News)
The plan may make Minnesota and North Dakota, which have been at odds over energy policy for years, unlikely allies in compliance. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
Republicans who worked to defeat a cap-and-trade bill in 2009 say they have no regrets. (Greenwire)
• California officials are in talks with other states about forming a carbon-trading market. (ClimateWire)

• A hearing will be held next month on plans to allow drilling near Glacier National Park on land considered sacred to the Blackfeet tribe. (Associated Press)
• A University of Colorado study warns the state’s oil production will decline rapidly as fewer wells are being drilled. (Denver Post)

OIL TRAINS: Documents released from a probe of the 2014 derailment of a CSX oil train in Lynchburg, Virginia have yet to answer why a company official took two hours to respond on site. (Associated Press) 

FRACKING: Youngstown, Ohio will move forward with an anti-fracking ballot initiative, where local officials say a recent secretary of state ruling does not apply to them. (Youngstown Vindicator)

HYDRO: Lawmakers and experts disagree over whether a hydroelectric pumped storage facility in West Michigan should count towards the state’s carbon-emission reductions. (Midwest Energy News)

• California will exclude wealthy households from rebates for electric and hybrid cars. (Los Angeles Times)
• Tech companies are flocking to Detroit and automakers to Silicon Valley as the two sectors develop the next generation of vehicles. (Associated Press)

EFFICIENCY: Net-zero homes are gaining in popularity, particularly in California. (ClimateWire)

NUCLEAR: 25 years after the construction of a controversial nuclear plant in New Hampshire, both proponents and opponents are claiming victory. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY: What the wind industry has in common with 19th Century railroad barons. (Slate)

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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