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World leaders gather to sign historic climate agreement

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

ALSO:
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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SOLAR:
• 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)

COAL: 
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)

HYDRO:
• 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)

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

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