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Illinois AG wants a plan for Chicago natural gas pipelines

PIPELINES: Geologists are concerned proposed natural gas pipelines in Ohio may be vulnerable to sinkholes. (Midwest Energy News)

• Illinois’ attorney general pushes Wisconsin Energy to come up with a plan to deal with a troubled program to replace natural gas lines in Chicago, a situation it will inherit in its proposed acquisition of Integrys Energy. (Crain’s Chicago Business)
• Minnesota tribes are holding their own public hearings on possible impacts of a planned crude oil pipeline. (Minnesota Public Radio)

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POLICY: Berkshire Hathaway Energy is advancing bills through Congress to eliminate requirements for utilities to purchase power from small, distributed generators. (E&E Daily)

• A Minnesota utility regulator says “the value-of-solar tariff is really the way of the future.” (Greentech Media)
• Xcel Energy predicts it will have up to 300 MW of solar online in Minnesota by 2020. (FierceEnergy)
• A Michigan winery unveils its new solar array. (Traverse City Record-Eagle)

• Shale production continues to rise in Ohio despite low prices, though the rate of increase is slowing. (Columbus Dispatch)
• Michigan lawmakers fight a proposed wastewater injection well. (Toledo Blade)

FRAC SAND: Illinois lawmakers approve a bill to study the impacts of frac sand mining in the state. (Kankakee Daily Journal)

• Exelon says it has not made any decisions regarding threatened plant closures after a bill it backed fails to advance through the state legislature. (Crain’s Chicago Business)
• Michigan lawmakers continue to fight a proposed Canadian nuclear waste storage facility along Lake Huron. (EnergyWire)
• A Minnesota nuclear reactor shuts down because of a mechanical malfunction. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

• Developers propose what would be the first wind farm in western South Dakota. (Rapid City Journal)
• A wind farm operator says MISO is preventing it from selling power into the PJM Interconnection. (RTO Insider)

COAL: American Electric Power confirms it has shut down 10 coal plants slated for retirement this year. (Platts)

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ETHANOL: Why the nation’s largest farmer-owned cooperative is buying ethanol plants. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

GRID: Utility experts say MISO capacity forecasts may be overly pessimistic: “the sky is not falling.” (RTO Insider)

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