NUCLEAR: A report by Illinois officials finds Exelon’s nuclear outlook is not as dire as the company has been suggesting. (Midwest Energy News)

ALSO: Federal officials will discuss safety violations at a Michigan nuclear plant in a public meeting next week. (MLive)

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CLIMATE: The EPA will impose a “model rule” on states that don’t develop their own plan to comply with carbon regulations, and a new study finds vast reserves of fossil fuels must be left in the ground to prevent drastic climate change. (New York Times, The Guardian)

OHIO: Citizens will get a chance next week to weigh in on a FirstEnergy proposal to guarantee income for some power plants. (Midwest Energy News)

PIPELINES: Low oil prices are not expected to delay a proposed Iowa pipeline, and Keystone XL’s fate still hinges on a Nebraska court decision. (Cedar Rapids Gazette, Associated Press)

OIL AND GAS: Environmental groups want the EPA to more closely track toxic emissions from drilling operations, as the agency considers a rule requiring companies to report greenhouse gas emissions. (Center for Public Integrity, Climate Central)

COAL: A report finds coal companies are selling to their own subsidiaries to avoid taxes. (ThinkProgress)

REGULATION: A Supreme Court case involving a Kansas natural gas supplier could impact the way FERC regulates natural gas markets. (Greenwire)

SOLAR: A Minnesota project would use community solar to benefit low-income ratepayers, an Iowa utility partners with a nature center on a solar project, and the University of Michigan’s solar car team will compete in Dubai later this month. (Echo Journal, Cedar Rapids Gazette, MLive)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: A contractor’s unpaid bills are jeopardizing a landfill project near Columbus, Ohio. (Columbus Dispatch)

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TRANSPORTATION: Sen. Jim Inhofe says his committee may consider proposals to increase the federal gasoline tax. (The Hill)

COMMENTARY: A look ahead at Michigan’s upcoming energy debate. (Midwest Energy News)

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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