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Energy Dept. says wind to be cheaper than gas in 10 years

MICHIGAN: Gov. Rick Snyder will unveil his energy plan today. (MLive)

WIND: The Department of Energy says wind power — without subsidies — will be cheaper than natural gas within a decade. (Bloomberg)

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BIOFUELS: Legislation to encourage advanced biofuels in Minnesota is criticized by clean-water advocates who say it will encourage more reliance on corn. (Midwest Energy News)

OIL AND GAS:
• Union leaders have reached a deal to end a nationwide refinery strike. (Reuters)
• A poll finds most North Dakotans support tougher rules on flaring. (Bismarck Tribune)
• North Dakota officials find more illegally dumped radioactive oil field waste. (Associated Press)
• Researchers develop a tool to compare the climate impact of different types of crude oil. (ClimateWire)
• Chesapeake Energy still has high hopes for Ohio’s Utica Shale. (Columbus Business First)

CLIMATE: More research suggests a warming Arctic is altering the jet stream, causing more extreme summers and winters. (Washington Post)

SOLAR:
• More than half of North American utility requests for proposals for clean energy last year were for solar power. (Bloomberg)
• An Ohio college gets the go-ahead to build a solar project on a biological reserve. (Columbus Dispatch)
• An Iowa county scales back its solar plans after meeting with MidAmerican Energy. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

TECHNOLOGY: A Wisconsin company introduces a new battery for on-site energy storage. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

COAL: We Energies seeks to sell a small coal plant near Milwaukee. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

COAL ASH: House Republicans seek to “bring much-needed certainty” to coal ash regulation. (The Hill)

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NEWSMAKER: Naomi Oreskes, author of “Merchants of Doubt,” discusses the current state of climate change denial. (InsideClimate News)

COMMENTARY:
• Michigan’s governor should veto “the counterproductive mess bubbling up from the legislature.” (Huffington Post)
• A Michigan conservative group is not opposed to energy mandates. (MLive)
• A former Ohio regulator argues that rooftop solar is overvalued. (Utility Dive)

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