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Exelon to announce first steps toward closing two Illinois nuclear plants

ILLINOIS:
• The state legislature adjourned this week without taking action on bills to support Exelon and Dynegy. (RTO Insider)
Exelon is expected to announce today the first steps toward closing two of its Illinois nuclear plants. (WTTW)
One Illinois county could see a several-million-dollar decrease in tax revenues if Exelon’s Clinton plant closes. (Bloomington Pantagraph)

RENEWABLES: Researchers outline a roadmap for how the Midwest could get to 100 percent renewables through wind, water and solar by 2050. (Midwest Energy News)

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NUCLEAR: The potential closing of uneconomic nuclear plants is creating a divide among climate scientists about whether to pursue them as a zero-carbon option. (ClimateWire)

SOLAR:
• Utility Minnesota Power proposes to triple the amount of rebates available to customers who install solar. (Mesabi Daily News)
A Michigan brewery looks to get a quarter of its energy needs from rooftop solar. (WKZO)
A rural co-op breaks ground on North Dakota’s first community solar project, which will be the largest array in the state. (Fargo Forum)

PIPELINES:
• Iowa regulators take steps toward allowing construction of the Dakota Access pipeline in areas not under federal jurisdiction. (Radio Iowa)
• The Sierra Club files a lawsuit to block the pipeline. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

FRACKING: An anti-fracking ballot initiative in Michigan falls short of the needed petition signatures to get on the ballot, but the group says it is challenging a state law on the timeframe for obtaining signatures. (MLive)

BATTERIES: A battery manufacturer in eastern Michigan lays off 100 employees due to “red tape” from the Chinese government. (MLive)

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RATES: Ameren and ComEd customers in Illinois will start to see lower electric rates heading into the summer. (Southern Illinoisan, Chicago Tribune)

COMMENTARY:
• Opponents of nuclear power generation in Illinois are handed a victory as Exelon’s “brinkmanship” tactic fails. (Atomic Insights)
As of Wednesday, two of FirstEnergy’s Ohio plants will no longer sell their capacity at “inflated prices into regional markets.” (Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis)
“Fixing and strengthening” Illinois’ renewable and efficiency standards would be a cost-effective way to lower emissions and comply with the Clean Power Plan. (Union of Concerned Scientists)
• 2016 is poised to be a “breakout year” for solar. (The Hill)
Transitioning to low-carbon standards rather than renewable energy standards may be a solution to saving nuclear plants. (Greentech Media)

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