CLEAN POWER PLAN: States faced with closures of coal-fired power plants may find easier compliance through multi-state solutions. (EnergyWire)

POLITICS: A Texas poll finds a sharp uptick in the number of Republicans who believe climate change is occurring. (Scientific American)

• Alleging “corporate fraud,” Sen. Bernie Sanders seeks an investigation of ExxonMobil for spreading misinformation on climate science. (InsideClimate News)
• How a former tar sands developer became a climate advocate. (Greenwire)

NEWSMAKER: “He’s a hell of a foosball player” and other things you probably didn’t know about FERC chairman Norman Bay. (SNL)

CLEAN ENERGY: How a remote Alaska town became a renewable energy success story. (EnergyWire)

• An Arizona utility drops its request to increase fixed charges on solar customers — for now. (Arizona Republic)
• Advocates in California step up efforts to lobby against utility plans to increase costs for solar customers. (San Jose Mercury News)
• The Tennessee Valley Authority releases a study that says it’s paying customers more for solar power than it is worth. (Knoxville News Sentinel)
• An Iowa solar installer is at odds with a utility over rates he says are a detriment to large energy users going with solar. (Midwest Energy News)

TRANSMISSION: Clean-energy developers are having their Keystone XL moment as they confront Midwest landowners who don’t want large transmission lines on their property moving wind energy. (Reuters)

PIPELINES: Environmental advocates say FERC policies hinder appeals on pipeline projects. (NPR)

COAL: In the trail of former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship, a miner testifies about the “fear, intimidation and propaganda” of working in the company’s mines. (West Virginia Public Broadcasting)

• Consumer Reports drops its recommendation for the Tesla Model S, citing long-term reliability concerns. (Los Angeles Times)
• General Motors says its new long-range Chevy Bolt will be able to go 200 miles on a single charge. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY: Why student engineers are future climate heros. (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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