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Grassley: Don’t hold your breath on wind tax credit

WIND: Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley says it’s unlikely an extension of the wind protection tax credit will come up for a vote before the election, and even after November its fate remains uncertain. (Associated Press)

ALSO: Why the erosion of Exelon’s nuclear profits is driving its opposition to the production tax credit. (Chicago Tribune)

THE TIMES THEY ARE A’CHANGIN: As the economics of power generation shift, utilities look to sell off their merchant fleets and seek shelter in regulated electricity markets. (Climate. (Wire)

COAL: A pro-coal rally in southern Illinois becomes tense as some speakers use the occasion to campaign for Mitt Romney, and a new study finds Michigan’s two largest utilities imported $1 billion worth of coal from out-of-state in 2010. (Carbondale Southern, CBS Detroit)

POLITICS: The presidential campaigns remain quiet on climate change. (McClatchy)

BIOFUELS: After losing its tax credit and tariff, the ethanol industry is beefing up its presence in Washington, D.C. to defend the production mandate, and the EPA approves a 28% increase in the amount of biodiesel required for use in trucks by 2013. (Christian Science Monitor, Des Moines Register)

TRANSPORTATION: The transit agency serving Columbus, Ohio plans to convert its buses to natural gas; automakers are bullish on the future of natural gas-powered cars; and an Ohio district experiments with electric school buses. (Columbus Dispatch, Detroit Free Press, Toledo Blade)

NATURAL GAS: A Michigan power plant plans a major expansion to take advantage of low natural gas prices. (MLive.com)

OIL: A Utah man died Friday after being badly burned in an explosion earlier this month at a North Dakota oil rig. (Associated Press)

MICHIGAN: Backers of a renewable energy ballot measure highlight its job-creation potential. (Muskegon Chronicle)

SOLAR: Construction of a 140-acre solar farm near Streator, Illinois is expected to begin this month. (Bloomington Pantagraph)

COMMENTARY: A Republican’s case for supporting Michigan’s renewable energy ballot measure, and why the farm bill is really a climate bill. (Climate Progress, New York Times)

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