In setting the stage for a new rooftop solar, efficiency and other initiatives, President Obama Monday accused critics of his energy policies of trying to restrict consumers from accessing renewable sources of energy. (The Washington Post)
• Federal energy and housing agencies are rolling out a new home energy efficiency scoring program called “Home Energy Score.(Climate Central)
Some barriers to popularizing the property-assessed clean energy (PACE) program across the U.S. would be cleared under an initiative unveiled Monday by President Obama. (Greentech Media)
• Advocates are pushing Nebraska lawmakers again to pass a production tax credit for wind and solar to help the state meet its federal emission requirements. (Associated Press)

• U.S. Sen. Harry Reid says a Nevada utility needs to “get real” about rooftop solar. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
• The Interior Department approves a 485 MW solar plant in the California desert. (
• An analysis finds New York City rooftops could host 4.7 gigawatts of “high yield” solar panels. (Treehugger)

• The Kemper “clean coal” project in Mississippi shows the costly perils of being “first of its kind.” (EnergyWire)
• A Pacific Northwest tribe is sending a totem pole to Montana to protest proposed coal export terminals. (Al Jazeera)
• Protesters in New York state push for the shutdown of a coal plant near Ithaca. (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
• A power plant near Buffalo, New York appears to have shut down following default on a loan, the latest in a string of financial crises for the facility. (Buffalo News)

• California Gov. Jerry Brown says he has “no intention of backing down” on the state’s plan to cut gasoline consumption in half. (Los Angeles Times)
• A Hawaii utility pushes forward with its plan to import liquefied natural gas to the state despite opposition from Gov. David Ige. (Pacific Business News)
• Iowa regulators receive nearly 4,000 letters objecting to a proposed oil pipeline across the state, many against the developer’s request to use eminent domain. (Associated Press)

• Exelon says three of its nuclear plants failed to clear the PJM Interconnection’s capacity auction, putting their financial viability in question. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
Cost overruns at nuclear plant expansions in Georgia and South Carolina “will likely keep a cap on U.S. nuclear development.” (SNL)

BIOFUELS: Researchers at Argonne National Laboratory hope to convince farmers that growing feedstock plants on land that doesn’t support commodity crops will be economically beneficial. (Midwest Energy News)

ADVOCACY: Large-scale solar and wind projects have created unexpected and unsettling fault lines within the American environmental movement. (Yale Environment 360 blog)

COMMENTARY: The Clean Power Plan “is poised to be a game-changer” for clean energy. (Huffington Post)

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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