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EPA to impose ‘model rule’ on states without carbon plan

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)

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