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EPA could release coal ash rules as early as today

COAL: The EPA is expected to release new rules for coal ash disposal as early as today. (Washington Post)

ALSO: Indiana’s consumer advocate says Duke Energy owes ratepayers more than $114 million for costs related to the Edwardsport coal gasification plant. (Bloomington Herald-Times)

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OHIO: Despite political setbacks, a bipartisan coalition of industry, government and nonprofit groups still sees a bright future for clean energy in Ohio. (Midwest Energy News)

MINNESOTA: A coalition of energy, faith and labor groups will push to increase Minnesota’s renewable energy standard to 40 percent by 2030. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

UTILITIES: Wisconsin regulators reject a request to take more time on a proposed merger between Wisconsin Energy and Integrys Energy Group. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

OIL: More than 500 shale drilling rigs may shut down amid low oil prices, which could also soon kick in a $5.3 billion tax break for North Dakota producers; and a North Dakota group seeks an audit of state regulators’ dealings with oil companies. (Houston Chronicle, Reuters, Forum News Service)

PIPELINES: Nebraska’s Supreme Court could issue a pivotal decision on Keystone XL as early as today, Enbridge shuts down a pipeline after a leak in Saskatchewan. (The Hill, Bloomberg)

EPA: Environmental groups challenge the impartiality of a consultant hired by the North American Electric Reliability Corp. to evaluate the Clean Power Plan. (Greenwire)

WIND: The IEA criticizes the U.S. for inconsistency on wind tax credits, and a Minnesota utility further expands its wind portfolio. (Forbes, Minneapolis Star Tribune)

TRANSPORTATION: Power plants in Minnesota and South Dakota are seeing improvements in their coal supplies after rail disruptions this year. (Duluth News Tribune, Platts)

CLIMATE: Readers vote “global warming is a hoax” as PolitiFact’s Lie of the Year. (Tampa Bay Times)

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TECHNOLOGY: A new drilling technique could cut costs for geothermal, and a California company markets a $20,000 home storage system for renewable energy. (GigaOm, Sacramento Business Journal)

COMMENTARY: Michigan can be a “comeback state” on clean energy, and why classifying waste-to-energy as “renewable” is “a curious way to go about it.” (Detroit News, Crain’s Detroit Business)

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