CLIMATE: The Securities and Exchange Commission orders Exxon Mobil to hold a shareholder vote that could require the company to disclose how climate change impacts its profits. (New York Times)

UTILITIES: Despite opposition from key officials, Washington D.C. regulators approve the $6.8 billion merger between Pepco and Chicago-based Exelon. (Washington Post)

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EPA: GOP lawmakers tell EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to refocus the agency’s efforts away from the Clean Power Plan and onto more basic infrastructure needs. (E&E Daily)

• Local officials in New Jersey approve a 2.1 MW solar array near a Six Flags amusement park that faced strong opposition over the 15,000 trees that will be cut down in the process. (Asbury Park Press)
• Why a proposed National Guard solar array won’t be subject to Vermont’s net metering cap. (The Commons)

• Federal data show major U.S. oil states are also leaders in wind energy. (UPI)
• New England offshore wind developers try to move beyond the Cape Wind controversy. (Boston Globe)

• The Department of Energy announces $9 million in funding for clean energy projects in tribal communities. (Huffington Post)
• Opponents of a Vermont bill to give more wind and solar siting authority to local governments say it will diminish their voice in the process. (Associated Press)

FRACKING: New Labor Department rules on silica exposure could impact fracking operations. (New York Times)

• Industry leaders in West Virginia discuss how natural gas can become an economic driver. (WDTV)
Fort Worth officials say Chesapeake Energy cheated the city out of millions of dollars on leases. (Fort Worth Star Telegram)
• Protestors try to interrupt a sale of Gulf leases at the Superdome in New Orleans.(InsideClimate News)

• Wyoming landowners seek state action in declaring Peabody Energy no longer eligible for self-bonding to fund mine cleanup. (WyoFile)
• A federal court dismisses a challenge to a pollution plant for a Navajo Nation coal plant. (Associated Press)

SMART METERS: Chicago-based Commonwealth Edison agrees to test whether customers with smart meters are reducing their energy consumption compared to those without the meters. (EnergyWire)

EFFICIENCY: A report finds mixed results for electric co-ops on efficiency. (Intelligent Utility)

• A lack of political will means the U.S. ranks behind Turkey and Uzbekistan on high-speed rail. (Grist)
• “Climate change is not just for tree-huggers any more. Bankers have joined the fight.” (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
Conservatives look to appeal to a younger generation by embracing clean energy.(Midwest Energy News)

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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