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Federal regulators order review of Michigan coal plant payments

MICHIGAN: Why a projected capacity shortfall in Michigan doesn’t necessarily mean major investments in generation are needed. (Midwest Energy News)

ALSO: Federal regulators order a review of how costs have been allocated to keep an Upper Peninsula coal plant online. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

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ILLINOIS: State lawmakers introduce a sweeping clean-energy bill that would resolve problems with the state’s renewable portfolio standard, establish a carbon market, and other provisions. (Midwest Energy News)

PETCOKE: A Koch-affiliated firm says it will remove petroleum coke piles from Chicago, advocates worry the material will be piled up in northwest Indiana instead. (Chicago Tribune, Times of Northwest Indiana)

• North Dakota lawmakers reject a bill that would have further restricted flaring of natural gas in the state’s oil fields. (Bismarck Tribune)
• It remains unclear whether the Bakken crude in a recent West Virginia train explosion had been treated to make it less volatile; investigators say the train was not speeding. (Reuters, New York Times)
• TransCanada proposes a new pipeline to carry North Dakota oil into Canada. (Associated Press)
• An Exxon subsidiary is fined $1.3 million for failing to comply with an audit request in North Dakota. (Associated Press)

SOLAR: An Iowa bill would allow solar customers to pass excess generation on to low-income ratepayers, and a Sioux City-area farmer gets into the solar business. (Midwest Energy News, KMEG)

NEWSMAKERS: FirstEnergy’s new CEO lays out plans for the future, and the CEO of the PJM Interconnection will retire at the end of this year. (Cleveland Plain Dealer, Pittsburgh Business Times)

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ELECTRIC CARS: More utilities are getting into the EV charging business. (New York Times)

COMMENTARY: ALEC’s latest attack on the Clean Power Plan is fizzling. (NRDC Switchboard)

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