Daily digest

Exelon says at least one Illinois nuclear plant will likely close

NUCLEAR:
• Exelon says it will likely close the Quad Cities nuclear plant, with a final decision expected in September. (Crain’s Chicago Business)
• Federal regulators may impose penalties for safety violations committed by contractors at a Minnesota nuclear plant. (Minnesota Public Radio)

EPA: The Obama administration will reportedly include new incentives for wind and solar as part of the Clean Power Plan. (Bloomberg)

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EFFICIENCY:
• Missouri’s utility regulator is considering whether to institute a “decoupling” policy to ensure utilities will not lose money as a result of encouraging customer energy efficiency. (Midwest Energy News)
• Madison’s mayor encourages citizens to help the city win a national energy efficiency competition. (Wisconsin State Journal)

SOLAR:
• Ohio regulators are considering further revisions to a 2014 decision on net metering as utilities push back. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
• A Cleveland program helps cut costs for solar installations. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
• A new leasing plan from SolarCity will help small businesses install solar power. (ClimateProgress)
• A Minnesota solar project may face delays resulting from local opposition. (Minnesota Watchdog)

WIND:
• A new study says climate change will increase wind speeds in Great Plains states. (Climate Central)
• North Dakota regulators approve a new hearing for a proposed wind farm after ownership changes hands. (Bismarck Tribune)

COAL:
• Peabody Coal reported a quarterly loss of $1 billion this week, forcing it to suspend its dividend. (Reuters)
• Indiana regulators approve conversion of another unit of an Indianapolis coal plant to run on natural gas. (WFYI)

UTILITIES: Cost projections for a Chicago gas line replacement project have ballooned to $8 billion, cutting into profits for Wisconsin Energy following its Integrys acquisition. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

HYDROPOWER: High river levels mean a shortfall of electricity for a hydro-dependent Illinois town. (LaSalle News Tribune)

PIPELINES: Iowa farmers file a lawsuit to block eminent domain for a proposed crude oil pipeline across the state. (WHO-TV)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Minnesota-based Polaris beats Harley-Davidson to the punch in bringing an electric motorcycle to market. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

BIOFUEL: UPS announces it will buy 46 million gallons of biodiesel for its fleet over the next three years. (New York Times)

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SUSTAINABILITY: A Michigan couple says “paying attention” is the key to living off the grid. (Michigan Radio)

COMMENTARY: Five years later, we’ve learned nothing from the largest inland oil spill in U.S. history. (Pacific Standard)

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