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U.S. solar employment now outnumbers oil and gas extraction jobs

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SOLAR:
• The number of U.S. solar industry jobs has increased 123 percent since 2010, with total industry employment now greater than oil and gas extraction jobs, according to a new survey. (Greentech Media)
A Nevada regulator says recent changes to the state’s net metering policy should not be put on hold while the commission reconsiders the decision. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

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CLIMATE:
• ExxonMobil stockholders are demanding the company be more transparent in its campaign against climate policies and to comply with agreements reached in Paris. (Inside Climate News)
Advocates may use court challenges to hold countries accountable to the goals agreed upon in Paris. (Politico)
Major oil companies are still vague or unresponsive when asked about the Paris agreement’s long-term impacts on their business. (ClimateWire)
New documents show how former leaders Bill Clinton and Tony Blair communicated about global climate pacts in the early 2000s. (ClimateWire)
President Obama may take a climate “victory lap” in his State of the Union speech tonight. (The Hill)

COAL:
• A Montana coal mine reaches an agreement with environmental groups and state regulators that would avoid a major shutdown of operations. (Associated Press)
How several generations of miners in western Kentucky are trying to hold on to a livelihood that is fading away. (National Public Radio)
Arch Coal’s bankruptcy and declining prices industry-wide mean uncertainty for three proposed coal export terminals in the Pacific Northwest. (Portland Business Journal)

NATURAL GAS: California lawmakers propose stronger regulations to prevent natural gas storage leaks in light of the ongoing problems at a site near Los Angeles. (Associated Press)

NUCLEAR: A new report finds Upstate New York’s three nuclear power plants contribute more than $3 billion to the state’s GDP and account for nearly 25,000 direct and indirect jobs. (Transmission & Distribution World)

CLEAN POWER PLAN: Alabama delays compliance work leaving it vulnerable to the imposition of a federal plan. (Bloomberg BNA)

OIL AND GAS:
• A group of Oklahoma residents file suit against 12 energy companies claiming their drilling wells were at least partly to blame for recent earthquakes. (The Oklahoman)
• BP announces it is cutting 5 percent of its workforce amid low oil prices. (Reuters)
• Most oil and gas companies don’t report their methane emissions, creating risk for investors, a new report finds. (Reuters)

BIOFUELS: A group of biofuel trade associations files a petition with the U.S. Court of Appeals asking for a review of the EPA’s ability to reduce biofuel standards. (Reuters)

RENEWABLES: A pair of recent reports show the costs of complying with renewable energy standards in Ohio were significantly lower than previously thought. (Midwest Energy News)

VW SCANDAL: Volkswagen executives apologize at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, vowing to “win back trust” in the company following last year’s emissions scandal. (Columbus Business First)

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STORAGE: As the number of energy storage projects grows, grid operator MISO is developing a policy that factors such projects into tariffs. (RTO Insider)

COMMENTARY:
Here’s how the bankruptcy of Arch Coal presents opportunities for cleaner energy sources. (PV Magazine)
A “massive systemic change is afoot” to transition to a post-fossil fuel era. (Huffington Post)

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