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Citing U.P. crisis, Michigan officials protest utility merger

MICHIGAN: Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder protests the proposed Wisconsin Energy/Intergrys merger, citing a rate crisis facing the Upper Peninsula. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

WIND: In a case of “all-new territory” for distributed generation, an Iowa college drops its plan to build a 5 MW wind project after the local utility says there isn’t enough capacity on a nearby substation. (Midwest Energy News)

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NUCLEAR: An analysis finds Exelon’s nuclear fleet overall may remain profitable even as the utility seeks support from Illinois lawmakers. (Crain’s Chicago Business)

• Xcel signs deals for three large solar projects totaling 187 MW in Minnesota. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• Indianapolis Motor Speedway wants to sell solar credits to Ohio. (Columbus Business First)
• A study finds peer influence is the most important factor driving solar adoption. (Washington Post)
• Residential solar is “going mainstream” in Michigan. (Detroit Free Press)
• Ohio solar manufacturers sign a letter backing the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. (Public News Service)

POLLUTION: A court decision last week cleared the way for the EPA’s cross-state pollution rule. (Greenwire)

GRID: The PJM Interconnection proposes changes that it says will allow it to continue allowing demand response in capacity auctions. (Energywire)

FRACKING: Southern Illinois residents protest delays in fracking regulations: “our lifestyle is being threatened by environmental activists”; and a Michigan landfill withdraws a request to increase its capacity for radioactive drilling waste. (Chicago Tribune, Detroit Free Press)

OIL: BNSF considers a surcharge for older tank cars carrying North Dakota crude, and the EPA targets a Missouri tank farm for an inadequate spill plan. (Bloomberg, St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

EFFICIENCY: Indiana lawmakers consider a replacement for the state’s efficiency program. (Indiana Public Media)

UTILITIES: How Boulder, Colorado’s fight with Xcel “hung over” clean-energy negotiations in Minneapolis; and utilities confront “a once-in-a-century change to the industry.” (Boulder Daily Camera, Politico)

TRANSPORTATION: Tesla owners in Iowa bypass state dealership rules by offering private test drives to prospective buyers, and Ford announces it will sell an electric bicycle. (WHO-TV, Los Angeles Times)

MEDIA: NPR cuts its environmental coverage to a single reporter. (InsideClimate News)

NEWSMAKER: A Q&A with a former Minnesota legislator who now helps businesses finance clean energy projects. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

COMMENTARY: Renewable energy can help solve the Upper Peninsula’s power crisis. (Crain’s Detroit Business)

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