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Sierra Club calls FirstEnergy plan a ‘bailout’ for old plants

SOLAR: In Michigan, community solar is one of the few areas where utilities and advocates are finding common ground. (Midwest Energy News)

ALSO: In the past year, U.S. utilities have announced plans to develop 3 GW of centralized solar. (Greentech Media)

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OHIO: The Sierra Club calls a proposed FirstEnergy rate plan a “bailout” for “old, obsolete coal plants.” (Akron Beacon Journal)

OIL: A DOT study finds railroads are inadequately insured for crude-oil disasters, an oil industry report says Bakken crude is safe to transport, and Minnesota regulators will decide tomorrow whether to consider alternate routes for a proposed pipeline. (Politico, Forum News Service, Minneapolis Star Tribune)

FRACKING: An Ohio business owner is sentenced to federal prison for illegally dumping drilling wastewater, and fracking stocks provide strong returns for investors. (Columbus Dispatch, Associated Press)

EFFICIENCY: Why residential PACE programs may be poised for a resurgence. (Greentech Media)

UTILITIES: Ameren reports its earnings increased 57 percent in the second quarter of this year. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

COAL: A Missouri school board considers passing a resolution against coal, which would make it the first elected body in the state to do so. (Call Newspapers)

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NUCLEAR: A new study shows nuclear plants are generating a declining share of the world’s electricity. (MinnPost)

COMMENTARY: Why hydrogen cars can’t compete with electric. (Climate Progress)

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