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As plants close, MISO projects generation shortfall by 2018

GRID: Grid operator MISO projects a potential generation shortfall by 2018 due to planned plant closures. (EnergyWire)

ALSO:
• The number of Upper Peninsula utility customers who leave the grid could increase in coming years as solar and storage costs decline, rates increase and utilities fight net metering. (Midwest Energy News)
• MISO is unlikely to meet a July deadline on proposed changes to its capacity auction process. (RTO Insider)

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EMISSIONS: The U.S. Supreme Court refuses to hear a challenge by 20 states, led by Michigan, to the EPA’s rule to limit mercury and other harmful pollutants. (Washington Post)

SOLAR:
• Two new programs in Madison, Wisconsin help residents invest in solar energy. (WISC-TV)
• Minnesota lawmakers make little progress on solar policy reforms this year. (West Central Tribune)
• A team at the University of Michigan is preparing its solar-powered car for competition. (WBKB-TV)

PIPELINES:
• An Iowa judge dismisses two lawsuits seeking to stop the use of eminent domain for the Dakota Access pipeline, saying opponents would have to challenge a regulatory order. (Sioux City Journal)
A North Dakota company wants to build a 38-mile natural gas pipeline in eastern North Dakota and western Minnesota. (Associated Press)

CLEAN POWER PLAN:
• Peabody Energy is set to pay constitutional law expert and President Obama’s former mentor Laurence Tribe $435,000 this year to challenge the federal rules in court. (SNL Energy)
• The chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio says the state is well-positioned to meet requirements in the Clean Power Plan if it survives a legal challenge. (Daily Energy Insider)

FRAC SAND: A Minnesota county considers a ban on frac sand mining. (Winona Post)

EFFICIENCY:
• The U.S. Department of Energy looks to fund efficiency projects targeted at data centers. (Utility Dive)
• An apartment building in Detroit runs “as energy efficient as possible.” (Model D Media)

FOSSIL FUELS: A new analysis shows coal and gas will start on a “terminal decline” in less than 10 years. (Bloomberg)

OIL AND GAS: Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder extends a statewide energy emergency amid concerns about transporting fuel. (Associated Press)

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UTILITIES: Local officials in Ohio look to share ownership of a steam plant with hospital groups. (Akron Beacon Journal)

REGULATION: A panel of attorneys says recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions over state and federal regulatory jurisdiction offer “limited guidance” on how disputes may be settled in the future. (RTO Insider)

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