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Dynegy bullish on Ohio’s fossil fuel potential

CLIMATE: An email shows Exxon was studying its impact on climate change as early as 1981. (InsideClimate News)

ALSO: From the Vatican to a gathering of Green Muslims in Wisconsin, faith groups continue their push for clean energy. (Midwest Energy News)

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OHIO: A spokesman for Gov. John Kasich dismisses claims that Ohio’s clean-energy freeze prompted Facebook to choose Texas instead for a new data center. (Columbus Dispatch)

UTILITIES: As Dynegy prepares to exit California, its CEO still sees strong potential for fossil fuel generation in the Midwest, “particularly in Ohio.” (Columbus Business First)

• North Dakota regulators are “seeing a continual stream of applications” for pipeline projects. (Bismarck Tribune)
• City and county officials in Ohio appeal to Gov. John Kasich for more local control of drilling operations. (Crain’s Cleveland Business)

• Iowa regulators are expected to decide next month on MidAmerican Energy’s proposed $900 million wind expansion. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)
• Officials in a North Dakota county approve a 75-turbine wind farm despite opposition from some landowners. (Forum News Service)

• Crews begin installing a solar array at a new St. Paul baseball stadium. (Minnesota Public Radio)
• A $300,000 grant helps support small solar projects in Indiana. (Public News Service)
• A Dubuque, Iowa homeowner sues the city after his permit for a solar project was rescinded. (Dubuque Telegraph Herald)

• An analysis finds a Minnesota utility could save money by shutting down two coal units. (WNAX)
• The Ohio Supreme Court declines to hear a coal executive’s defamation case against a small-town newspaper. (Columbus Dispatch)

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WISCONSIN: A budget amendment would raise the pay of the state’s Public Service Commission chair. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

COMMENTARY: Ohio can lead on climate change. (Cincinnati Enquirer)

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