Citibank: Climate action will save trillions of dollars

CLIMATE:
• 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)

SOLAR:
• The Florida Supreme Court hears arguments today on proposed amendments to the state's Constitution governing consumers' access to solar energy.

Poll finds majority of voters support Clean Power Plan

CLEAN POWER PLAN: A League of Conservation Voters poll finds a majority of voters support the Clean Power Plan. (The Hill)

SOLAR:
• 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.

Colorado, Nevada uphold net metering rates

SOLAR:
• 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)

UTILITIES:
• 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.

U.S., China to team up on ‘clean coal’

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)

POLLUTION:
• 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)

SOLAR:
• 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.

Reid: Nevada utility needs to ‘get real’ about solar

CLEAN ENERGY:
• 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)

SOLAR:
• U.S. Sen. Harry Reid says a Nevada utility needs to "get real" about rooftop solar.

New solar competing with natural gas on price

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.

Report: California efficiency programs have saved $90 billion

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:
• Solar will be the next energy boom in Texas, with one county alone planning for nearly $1 billion in projects.

Study finds it’s cheaper for states to cooperate on Clean Power Plan

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)

CLIMATE:
• 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.

Report: 16 states considering net metering changes

SOLAR:
• 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.

Critics say proposed methane regulations lack teeth

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)

ALSO:
• 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.