OHIO: Despite political setbacks, advocates still see multiple paths forward for clean energy in Ohio, albeit on a smaller scale. (Midwest Energy News)

ALSO: A new report says FirstEnergy is “wedded to a failed strategy of long-term dependence on coal-fired generation,” and American Electric Power’s CEO president says Ohio’s “roller coaster” energy market is prompting their push for revenue guarantees for coal plants. (IEEFA, Columbus Business First)

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UTILITIES:
• Following a push for a municipal utility, energy providers serving Minneapolis announce a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• A shareholder vote is scheduled on the proposed Wisconsin Energy/Integrys merger. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
• Why Dynegy and NRG are making completely different bets on the future.
(EnergyWire)
• A Michigan town votes to end a tax break for a Consumers Energy power plant. (Holland Sentinel)

OIL: Occidental Petroleum is seeking to sell up to $3 billion in North Dakota oil assets. (Bloomberg)

SOLAR:
• A former Green Bay Packer will speak out for solar power at Wisconsin utility hearings this week. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
• A Michigan man’s solar installation fulfills a childhood dream. (MLive)
• Solar power catches on in Chicago’s Southeast Side. (WBEZ)
• Why big investors are still hesitant on solar power. (Greentech Media)

POLLUTION: A study finds EPA carbon rules would save thousands of lives in Missouri and Illinois. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

EFFICIENCY: Scientists who helped improve LED lighting win the Nobel Prize for physics. (Associated Press)

WIND: A wind project on a North Dakota reservation receives $90,000 in federal funds, and some neighbors of a proposed Nebraska wind farm raise concerns about the project. (Associated Press, Lincoln Journal Star)

COMMENTARY: Why solar is taking off at airports, and a grid operator attacks the Clean Power Plan. (ThinkProgress, NRDC Switchboard)

CORRECTION: It is Wisconsin Energy, not We Energies, that is proposing to merge with Integrys. An item in yesterday’s digest misidentified the Wisconsin company.

Ken Paulman

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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