CLEAN POWER PLAN: The final version of the Clean Power Plan, which could be released as early as Monday, is expected to have a relaxed timeline for implementation. (New York Times)

EPA: A federal court orders the EPA to recalculate requirements under the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule for Ohio and other states. (Greenwire)

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OHIO: The declining economics of coal have FirstEnergy changing its position on deregulation. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

WISCONSIN: The state’s Department of Natural Resources is organizing, with some pollution oversight and research functions transferred to a unit billed as a “one-stop shop for business assistance.” (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

WIND: A ten-year study released this week finds wind farms can displace meadowlarks and other grassland birds. (Bismarck Tribune)

POLITICS: Activist Tom Steyer pushes Iowa voters to make climate change a key issue in the 2016 campaign. (Des Moines Register)

• The National Wildlife Federation says it will sue the U.S. Department of Transportation for failing to require spill response plans for pipelines running beneath the Straits of Mackinac. (MLive)
• Nebraska’s governor sends a letter to President Obama urging approval of the Keystone XL pipeline. (The Hill)

OIL: Tribal leaders in North Dakota scale back plans for new regulations on oil activity. (Associated Press)

ETHANOL: An Iowa ethanol group says it prompted tens of thousands of comments on the Renewable Fuels Standard. (WHO-TV)

SOLAR: Grand Rapids, Michigan considers installing solar panels at its wastewater plant. (Fox 17)

SMART METERS: A judge rules a Michigan utility failed to justify the costs associated with an opt-out fee for smart meters, state regulators have until September to lay out how they’ll proceed on the issue. (MLive)

NATURAL GAS: A public hearing for a new power plant in Ohio draws unanimous support. (Youngstown Vindicator)

POLLUTION: Immigrants in the Midwest who rely heavily on fish for their diets often don’t realize the threat posed by mercury contamination. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY: A new report catalogs the industry-backed groups working to fight clean energy. (NRDC Switchboard)

• An item in yesterday’s digest contained an incorrect link for a photo essay on petcoke storage Chicago.
• The entity that selected St. Charles, Illinois for a solar project is the Illinois Municipal Electric Agency, which was mischaracterized in yesterday’s digest.

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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