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Ohio utility exec: Protection needed from ‘roller coaster’

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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• 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.
• 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)

• 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.

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