CLIMATE: As world leaders gather to sign the Paris climate agreement, experts warn more aggressive action is needed. (New York Times)

UN members express concern about “sabotage inside the United States” against the agreement. (Reuters)
The inaugural meeting of the bipartisan congressional Climate Solutions Caucus was a “good first date,” though no firm commitments on policy were made. (E&E Daily)

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• SunEdison, once a $10 billion company, files for bankruptcy. (Los Angeles Times)
• Why SunEdison’s failure is about poor business decisions, not the viability of clean energy. (Fortune)
• Arizona lawmakers are working with utilities to develop a competing referendum to a pro-solar ballot measure. (Arizona Republic)
• SolarCity ends support for a group that is watchdogging Arizona regulators. (Greentech Media)
• A former peanut farm in Texas now hosts a 2 MW solar array. (Denton Record-Chronicle)

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz outlines how the Obama administration is spending billions to keep coal viable. (Lexington Herald-Leader)
• Analysts speculate over which coal company will declare bankruptcy next. (SNL Energy)
• A federal official explains how regulators are changing their approach to mine safety. (SNL Energy)

CLEAN POWER PLAN: A state report finds implementing the Clean Power Plan is economically feasible in West Virginia but will have a “profound impact” on the state’s coal industry. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

CLEAN ENERGY: New York state will spend $150 million to spur public-private partnerships on large scale clean energy projects, and will hold an $8 million contest for community microgrids. (Bloomberg, Associated Press)

JOBS: Workers in former fossil fuel industries are finding new opportunities in solar and energy efficiency. (Wall Street Journal, Lexington Herald-Leader)

WIND: A study finds little conflict between wind farms and Sandhill Crane habitat in Texas. (Wichita Falls Times Record News)

• Developers plan to tap into the potential for more hydroelectric power in southeast Ohio with a series of six dam projects totaling 23 megawatts. (Midwest Energy News)
• Massachusetts officials announce $1 million in funds to upgrade small hydro facilities. (MassLive)

BIOENERGY: A provision by Congress to declare biomass carbon neutral will likely face steep opposition. (ClimateWire)

WASTE TO ENERGY: A Massachusetts community must decide whether to shut down a waste-to-energy plant or expand a landfill to keep it running. (Boston Globe)

EFFICIENCY: How increased housing density could help San Francisco cut emissions even more than requiring solar panels. (Vox)

• What the Peabody and SunEdison bankruptcies have in common. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
• Eight maps show Americans’ incoherent opinions on climate change. (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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