• In Alaska, President Obama says "we're not acting fast enough" to prevent climate change. (New York Times)
• In a new report, Citibank says investing in low-carbon energy would save the world $1.8 trillion through 2040 and not acting will cost an additional $44 trillion by 2060. (Climate Progress)
CLEAN POWER PLAN:
• Legal challenges to the plan cannot begin until the Obama administration publishes it in the Federal Register, which it said won't happen for two months. (The Hill)
• Complying with federal rules will impact the debate over how Ohio moves forward with its renewable and efficiency standards freeze. (Midwest Energy News)
• The Florida Supreme Court hears arguments today on proposed amendments to the state's Constitution governing consumers' access to solar energy.
CLEAN POWER PLAN: A League of Conservation Voters poll finds a majority of voters support the Clean Power Plan. (The Hill)
• Amid an inquiry by state officials, an Iowa co-op withdraws plans for an additional $57.50 monthly fee on its customers who self-generate power with solar. (Midwest Energy News)
• Solar companies criticize Xcel Energy for a slow rollout of Minnesota's community solar program. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• Leading solar installer SolarCity produces a study to help utilities and system operators better integrate distributed generation. (Utility Dive)
• A new study says variable pricing could resolve disputes over the value of solar in Hawaii.
• Nevada regulators order utilities to continue operating under existing net metering rules through the end of the year. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
• Colorado regulators vote unanimously to continue the state's net metering policies, under which solar customers receive the retail rate for energy produced. (Boulder Daily Camera)
• An Arizona regulator says conflict-of-interest complaints raised against her are being driven by “East Coast liberal solar groups.” (Arizona Republic)
• A report finds Solyndra misled federal officials to get loan guarantees. (Washington Post)
• Ohio regulators begin hearings Monday on a controversial proposal from FirstEnergy to guarantee income from struggling nuclear and coal plants. (Midwest Energy News)
• Exelon weighs its options following rejection of its proposed merger with Pepco.
UTILITIES: Washington, D.C. regulators reject a proposed merger between Exelon and Pepco Holdings, saying the $6 billion deal isn't in the public interest. (SNL Energy)
COAL: The U.S. and China reach an agreement to share findings on "clean coal" technology. (Associated Press)
• Minnesota regulators start hearings today on how the agency will determine the pollution-related costs of generation from fossil fuels. (Minnesota Public Radio)
• A judge dismisses much of a Clean Air Act suit against a Texas power plant, saying the statute of limitations has already passed. (Dallas Morning News)
• A first-term tea party lawmaker in Michigan plans to introduce legislation that would lift the state's cap on net metering, saying he wants to "incentivize" more renewables.
• In setting the stage for a new rooftop solar, efficiency and other initiatives, President Obama Monday accused critics of his energy policies of trying to restrict consumers from accessing renewable sources of energy. (The Washington Post)
• Federal energy and housing agencies are rolling out a new home energy efficiency scoring program called "Home Energy Score." (Climate Central)
• Some barriers to popularizing the property-assessed clean energy (PACE) program across the U.S. would be cleared under an initiative unveiled Monday by President Obama. (Greentech Media)
• Advocates are pushing Nebraska lawmakers again to pass a production tax credit for wind and solar to help the state meet its federal emission requirements. (Associated Press)
• U.S. Sen. Harry Reid says a Nevada utility needs to "get real" about rooftop solar.
• With major projects planned around the country, the price of new solar energy is now competitive or even cheaper than natural gas. (EnergyWire)
• A Texas utility cancels plans for a $46 million solar plant at Fort Bliss after failing to reach an agreement with the Army over siting. (El Paso Times)
• An Oklahoma utility is the latest to proposed increased fixed charges for solar customers. (The Oklahoman)
GRID: Results of Friday's PJM Interconnection capacity auction are "the first piece of good news in a long time" for some power plants. (Bloomberg)
CLEAN POWER PLAN:
• Coal plants on tribal lands won't get more lenient requirements under the Clean Power Plan that some were expecting.
CLEAN POWER PLAN:
• In using the Clean Air Act to combat climate change, the Obama administration reversed course from earlier goals of doing so through legislation. (Greenwire)
• Texas seeks a stay of Clean Power Plan requirements until legal challenges play out. (Texas Tribune)
EFFICIENCY: A report finds California's efficiency programs have saved $90 billion and eliminated the equivalent of 41 power plants worth of demand, but the state "can do a lot more." (Los Angeles Times)
NATURAL GAS: A report finds Massachusetts' natural gas pipeline system has more than 20,000 potentially dangerous leaks. (Boston Globe)
• Solar will be the next energy boom in Texas, with one county alone planning for nearly $1 billion in projects.
CLEAN POWER PLAN:
• A study from the Southwest Power Pool finds it will be more cost-effective for states to collaborate on carbon reduction, echoing similar studies by other regional grid operators. (Utility Dive)
• Many existing nuclear reactors will likely still close under the Clean Power Plan. (Vox)
• Scientists say California's drought is "definitely made worse by global warming." (New York Times)
• A study finds 450 billion tons of greenhouse gas emissions could be avoided if the U.S. ends fossil fuel leasing on federal lands; meanwhile, a federal auction for Gulf oil leases saw the lowest participation since 1986. (Thomson Reuters Foundation, New York Times)
• A California lawmaker says cutting carbon emissions will be good for business.
• A report finds at least 16 states are considering changes to net metering policies. (Solar Industry)
• Researchers say community solar is a middle ground between utilities and rooftop installers in the battle over net metering. (Washington Post)
• Solar supporters try again to extend Nevada's existing net metering policies. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
• Arizona regulators delay a decision on increased fees for solar customers. (Arizona Republic)
• A survivor of the Lehman Brothers collapse aims to build a $12 billion solar empire.
OIL AND GAS: The U.S. EPA today is expected to propose regulations aimed at cutting methane emissions from the oil and gas sector; environmental groups say making the rules voluntary for existing infrastructure limits their impact. (Reuters, InsideClimate News)
• Shell gets final approval to begin drilling in the Arctic. (Los Angeles Times)
• South Los Angeles residents protest a plan to flare natural gas at a longtime drilling site. (Los Angeles Times)
• Abandoned oil wells pose a threat to wildlife, and there's little federal regulators can do about it. (Greenwire)
• Pennsylvania officials work on plans to divert oil trains around Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.