EFFICIENCY: A study finds water conservation efforts in California have also saved nearly a million MWh of electricity. (Los Angeles Times)

• A push to build energy-efficient, passive housing for low-income residents is growing across the country. (ClimateWire)
• An Oregon task force urges marijuana growers to adopt energy-saving practices. (Oregonian)
• Electricity savings from LED streetlights is helping charge electric cars in Los Angeles. (Wired)

CLEAN ENERGY: Officials in Madison, Wisconsin vote overwhelmingly toaccelerate clean energy programs that would reduce the city’s carbon emissions 80 percent by 2050. (Midwest Energy News)

• The USGS says a Colorado shale formation holds 40 times more recoverable natural gas than previously thought. (Denver Business Journal)
• Los Angeles officials win an injunction against a diocese-owned oil field blamed for causing health problems in nearby neighborhoods. (Los Angeles Times)
• Maine regulatory staff advise against a proposed $75 million-a-year natural gas pipeline expansion. (Portland Press Herald)

• Pennsylvania lawmakers advance an amendment that would exempt conventional oil and gas activities from proposed new regulations. (NPR)
• Anti-fracking protesters disrupt a speech by Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper at a Boulder church. (Boulder Daily Camera)
• A geologist warns fracking near a Texas lake could cause a dam to breach. (Dallas Observer)

COAL: A $3.9 billion Texas carbon capture project championed by a former Dallas mayor appears to be “on life support.” (Texas Tribune)

RENEWABLES: Massachusetts lawmakers debate legislation that would promote offshore wind and hydropower. (MassLive)

WIND: A rural co-op’s proposed project will be the first wind project built in Wisconsin in at least the past five years. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

SOLAR: Some unemployed Texas oil workers are finding new jobs in the solar industry. (Marketplace)

GRID: New rules in the PJM power grid could complicate responses to surging demand.(Utility Dive)

NUCLEAR: Georgia regulators scrutinize a utility’s request to have ratepayers to foot the bill for studying the need for more reactors. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

CLIMATE: A vote on a non-binding resolution in the House is expected to condemn a carbon tax. (The Hill)

BIOFUELS: Alaska Airlines tests a 20 percent biofuel blend it says could cut carbon emissions in half. (Puget Sound Business Journal)

TECHNOLOGY: A Florida man who once served prison time for building a high-speed boat for drug runners is developing new technology for underwater hydropower. (Bloomberg)

• Natural gas plants may be a casualty of California’s solar boom. (Reuters)
• “Depressingly, renewable energies do not seem to be a priority” in Nevada. (Reno Gazette-Journal)

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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