• Warren Buffett says challenges from clean energy and efficiency are forcing utilities to be less “sloppy” and more competitive. (Greentech Media)
• An analyst says D.C. regulators support of the Exelon-Pepco merger signals “a clear path to approval.” (SNL Energy)
Wal-Mart steps into a case over a small Arizona utility’s effort to impose a demand charge on customers. (Phoenix Business Journal)

• Health advocates say there will be costs to to the public if emissions rules like the Clean Power Plan continue to be delayed. (Midwest Energy News)
• A federal judge sets a March deadline for Volkswagen to outline an emissions fix for diesel vehicles. (Reuters)

EPA: By seeking to halt the U.S. EPA’s latest rules on mercury emissions, opponents appear to be testing Supreme Court justices’ willingness to grant such requests. (Greenwire)

• Exxon’s annual report fails to mention that it’s under investigation in New York for its communications on climate change. (InsideClimate News)
• Washington state regulators put new carbon rules on hold amid “some concerns from our industry folks.” (KUOW)
• Members of a Louisiana tribe are the first official climate refugees in the continental U.S., receiving $48 million to relocate. (The Weather Channel)

• Industry leaders will gather in Boston this week to promote offshore wind. (South Coast Today)
• Maryland begins accepting applications for offshore wind projects. (North American Windpower)

SOLAR: A program in Connecticut helps make solar affordable for low-income families. (InsideClimate News)

• North Dakota’s largest producer announces major cutbacks to operations in the state. (Associated Press)
• Local officials in western Colorado voice support for a crackdown on flaring of natural gas. (Associated Press)
• Low gas prices lead to a proliferation of pipelines in New Jersey. (Press of Atlantic City)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: The federal government is finalizing a new rule aimed at preventing the type of undersea oil well blowout that led to the 2010 BP spill. (The Hill)

CLEAN ENERGY: Experts wonder whether the transition to wind, solar and natural gas will create a lack of fuel diversity. (EnergyWire)

COAL: Federal lawmakers look to extend a tax incentive for carbon capture equipment at coal facilities as well as increasing the credit value of using carbon dioxide for enhanced oil recovery. (Utility Dive)

OVERSIGHT: U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski expresses concerns about vacancies at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. (Argus Media)

• Four charts that show a bright future for electric vehicles. (Mother Jones)
• Why rural co-ops are getting into solar. (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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