• A poll finds a majority of Americans understand the climate is changing, but aren’t deeply concerned about it. (Associated Press)
• 23 states sue the EPA over carbon rules for new power plants. (The Hill) 
• A bill in the U.S. Senate would block further fossil fuel leases on federal lands. (The Hill)

CLEAN POWER PLAN: The Clean Power Plan has majority support among citizens in all but three of the states that are fighting it. (ClimateProgress)

• The White House says it will disregard calls from TransCanada to delay a decision on the project. (New York Times)
• The delay puts a tighter squeeze on Canadian oil sands producers. (Reuters)

UTILITIES: A new study shows a mass defection of customers from utilities would have serious consequences. (Greentech Media)

EFFICIENCY: California is working toward pay-for-performance programs that experts say could revolutionize the way utilities deal with energy efficiency. (Greentech Media)

VW: Amid a broader scandal over its vehicles’ emissions, Volkswagen admits it understated CO2 emissions and overstated fuel economy for 800,000 vehicles sold in Europe. (New York Times)

CLEAN ENERGY: How Wal-Mart is advancing its clean energy goals by offloading the risk onto other companies. (Forbes)

• Outdated turbines at a California wind farm notorious for bird deaths will be replaced. (San Francisco Chronicle)
• A Colorado county is working to obtain equipment to measure infrasound levels at a wind farm after neighbors attribute health symptoms to the turbines. (KOAA)

POLITICS: Republican lawmakers tout the benefits of transitioning to more solar generation at the Conservative Clean Energy Summit. (YouTube)

An Ohio town rejects an anti-fracking ballot measure for a fifth time. (Youngstown Vindicator)
The federal government is reconsidering opening portions of a 240,000-acre national forest in Ohio to fracking. (Columbus Dispatch)

BIOFUELS: A new report says cellulosic biofuels are better for the climate than corn ethanol, and recommends federal policies adjust accordingly. (Houston Chronicle)

TECHNOLOGY: A new research laboratory in Michigan aims to provide the infrastructure for companies to prototype new mobility and grid energy storage ideas while maintaining their intellectual property. (Midwest Energy News)

NUCLEAR: Dubbing it “the dumbest nuclear dump ever,” a citizens group challenges a California agency’s approval to allow nuclear waste to be stored near a beach at the San Onofre site. (Reuters)

COMMENTARY:Having discovered that it is stupid,” states are abandoning Mitch McConnell’s advice to reject the Clean Power Plan. (Vox)

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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