CLEAN ECONOMY: A report finds renewable energy industries employ more people in the U.S. than oil and gas. (Bloomberg)

CLIMATE:
• Exxon shareholders approve a resolution that could potentially put a climate activist on the company’s board; meanwhile, shareholders voted down six climate-related resolutions. (Reuters, InsideClimate News)
• An investigation finds Exxon moved to shut down discussion of climate change in the early days of the George W. Bush administration. (Guardian)
• The White House proposes a rule requiring federal contractors to report on greenhouse gas emissions. (The Hill)

CAP AND TRADE: California’s cap-and-trade auction falls well below expectations, potentially jeopardizing the state’s high-speed rail project. (Los Angeles Times)

GRID: 
• Consumers across PJM’s service territory will collectively pay $4 billion less for electricity in three years due to energy efficiency gains and a wave of new natural gas plants. (EnergyWire)
Illinois highlights the struggles coal and nuclear plants face against the challenge of cheap wind. (Bloomberg)
• The North American Reliability Corporation warns against over-reliance on natural gas. (Platts)
• Federal regulators allow behind-the-meter resources to compete in New York capacity auctions. (Utility Dive / RTO Insider)

SOLAR:
• Companies on both sides of a Nevada solar referendum have spent millions on their campaigns. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
• Nevada is ground zero in the debate over the benefits of rooftop solar. (Fortune)
• A report that finds net metering is a net benefit for all ratepayers doesn’t necessarily conclude it’s the best solution. (Greentech Media)
• Leasing solar panels is becoming a less popular option for consumers. (Bloomberg)

WIND:
• The industry is facing a “valley of death” in the early 2020s as tax credits wind down and utilities meet initial Clean Power Plan targets. (Utility Dive)
• Oklahoma landowners fight wind farms by registering their land as private airstrips, which some industry representatives call “shamports.” (Oklahoman)

CONGRESS: A key U.S. Senate leader who has been negotiating sweeping energy policy changes says the House is being difficult by adding partisan provisions to the deal. (E&E Daily)

EPA: House lawmakers release a bill that would cut the EPA’s budget by $164 million and limit regulatory authority. (Bloomberg)

COAL ASH: After clearing the House, a bill to reconstitute a commission to oversee ash disposal in North Carolina heads to the Senate and a possible showdown with Gov. Pat McCrory. (Charlotte Observer, Raleigh News & Observer)

OIL AND GAS:
• Exxon and Chevron shareholders defeat resolutions that would have curtailed exploration for new reserves. (Bloomberg)
• An energy conference reveals plans for a major horizontal drilling project in Utah. (Deseret News)

CARBON CAPTURE: Controversy over a Texas project highlights the uncertainty of carbon capture in the U.S. (Washington Post)

COMMENTARY:
• All victims of oil and gas pollution deserve the same treatment granted to neighbors of the Aliso Canyon facility. (Los Angeles Times)
• “My father warned Exxon about climate change back in the 1970s.” (Guardian)

Ken Paulman

Ken Paulman

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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