Daily digest

Decision on two Ohio ‘bailout’ deals expected this week

NUCLEAR: The Energy Department opens a public process on finding solutions for nuclear waste being stored at operating and defunct reactors around the country. (Midwest Energy News)

OHIO: State regulators are scheduled to vote on Thursday on two income-guarantee requests from FirstEnergy and AEP. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

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SOLAR:
• While Iowa’s two largest utilities file plans for more community solar and a storage project, advocates are concerned they have presented “road maps to move away from net metering in Iowa.” (Midwest Energy News)
• The Detroit City Council approves DTE Energy’s plans for a 10-acre solar project on vacant city-owned property that is expected to generate enough power for 450 homes. (MLive)
Local officials give final approval for a 4-megawatt solar project in southwest Indiana. (Washington Times Herald)

PIPELINES: The developer of the Dakota Access pipeline may face penalties for beginning construction on the project in Iowa too early. (The Gazette)

TRANSMISSION: Last week “brought heartening new evidence” that the federal government will help in developing large-scale transmission projects to move wind energy to population centers. (Vox)

EMISSIONS:
• In southwest Detroit, on ongoing problem of harmful compounds being emitted from industrial users is plaguing neighborhood residents. (Newsweek)
• Marathon Petroleum Corp. agrees to cut back the amount of sulfur dioxide it requested to emit from its Detroit refinery following public backlash. (Detroit News)

DIVESTMENT:
• A group of Minnesota lawmakers want the state’s pension fund managers to divest from fossil fuel companies. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• The University of Illinois student government pushes trustees to establish a policy prohibiting coal investments. (Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette)

FRACKING: A new U.S. Geological Survey report confirms that two earthquakes in Michigan last year were not caused by fracking. (MLive)

WIND: North Dakota regulators will take up a much-anticipated hearing today on whether to approve an 87-turbine wind project that opponents unsuccessfully tried to get an injunction against. (Bismarck Tribune)

OIL AND GAS:
• Mysterious deaths of oil-patch workers uncover the risks associated with federal oil field rules. (National Public Radio)
Industry experts say federal regulators’ deference to more natural gas pipelines will result in overbuilding. (SNL)

CLIMATE:
• The probe into whether Exxon Mobil and other fossil fuel companies have misled investors and the public on climate change expands to include several more states. (Inside Climate News)
• Clean energy advocates begin a public campaign to influence the outcome of a federal court decision ahead of a major climate change case. (New York Times)

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COAL: A once-promising carbon capture and sequestration project in Canada is now in a disastrous financial situation and has failed to meet emission-reduction goals. (New York Times)

COMMENTARY: More attention — not less — should be paid to the “significance of declining energy sales.” (Forbes)

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