Daily digest

Exelon delays decision to close Illinois nuclear plant

NUCLEAR: Exelon says it will take another year to consider whether to close a central Illinois nuclear plant. (Associated Press)

BIOFUELS: A Minnesota company is taking its innovative approach to speed up the waste-to-fuel process to the Pacific Northwest. (Midwest Energy News)

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CLEAN POWER PLAN:
• Obama administration attorneys say they’re preparing for the “Super Bowl” of climate litigation. (Greenwire)
Clean-energy advocates in Illinois are “puzzled” as to why moderate Republican Sen. Mark Kirk is backing congressional challenges to the Clean Power Plan. (E&E Daily)
Why many big businesses are lining up in support of the plan. (Michigan Public Radio)

SOLAR:
• Wisconsin regulators are again considering a utility request to raise fixed charges while wading into the contentious politics of rooftop solar. (EnergyWire)
• According to the latest figures, Wisconsin ranks in the bottom half of states for solar installations. (Kenosha News)

EMISSIONS: An Iowa judge has granted class status to thousands of residents alleging a local manufacturing plant’s air emissions are a nuisance. (Associated Press)

POLITICS: Michigan conservatives tell college Republicans why it’s important to build bipartisan bridges on energy policy. (Michigan Daily)

OIL AND GAS:
• Iraqi government officials tour North Dakota to learn about solutions to natural gas flaring. (Associated Press)
• Kansas regulators extend restrictions on the oil and gas industry meant to limit earthquakes in the southern part of the state until at least March 2016. (Associated Press)
• For the second consecutive month and only the third time ever, the amount of gas generation exceeds coal. (Utility Dive)
A new pipe manufacturing plant is expected to bring 180 jobs to a small Nebraska city. (Associated Press)

CLIMATE: Hillary Clinton joins Bernie Sanders in saying the Justice Department should investigate the failure of ExxonMobil to disclose research on climate change. (Reuters)

COAL:
• Alliant Energy starts the process of closing a coal plant in Wisconsin. (WQOW-TV)
The coal industry downturn is affecting one of its only profitable companies, a St. Louis-based mining firm that plans to reduce quarterly payments to shareholders. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

PIPELINES: North Dakota officials have spent years studying how to limit pipeline spills, though advocates are growing impatient that it hasn’t resulted in tougher standards. (EnergyWire)

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UTILITIES: Maryland’s attorney general petitions a state court calling on regulators to reconsider their approval of Chicago-based Exelon’s merger with Pepco Holdings. (Baltimore Sun)

COMMENTARY:
• Ohio citizens should be engaged with pending utility requests to guarantee income for aging coal plants. (Athens Post)
Minnesota’s energy efficiency program makes good economic sense. (Mankato Free Press)
With growth coming in Minnesota’s solar gardens program, “it only makes sense” for cities to formalize zoning procedures to accommodate projects. (St. Cloud Times)

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