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Illinois AG asks Peabody to prove it can pay for mine reclamation

FINANCE: A new report shows that a $105 million public investment in Michigan could leverage roughly $3 billion in private spending on clean energy through the creation of a “green bank.” (Midwest Energy News)

WIND:
• Emails show that a former county health official in Wisconsin complained of migraines while spending time at a local wind farm, though officials say they were caused by other factors. (Green Bay Press Gazette)
A new analysis shows grid operator MISO will likely have to revise assumptions about the amount of new wind generation coming online as part of the Clean Power Plan. (RTO Insider)

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COAL:
• Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan asks Peabody Energy to prove it has the resources to pay for mine reclamation in Southern Illinois. (Associated Press)
Consumers Energy is close to shuttering seven coal plants in Michigan next month. (World Coal)

OHIO: Opponents ask state regulators to delay a decision on AEP’s income-guarantee request until federal regulators have a chance to weigh in. (Columbus Dispatch)

CLEAN ENERGY:
• Minnesota’s clean energy sector is “developing rapidly,” with 2,300 jobs expected to be added this year. (Midwest Energy News)
• A new Minnesota-based nonprofit launches to help promote clean energy businesses in the state. (Midwest Energy News)
A Detroit clean energy startup saw revenues grow 340 percent last year. (Model D Media)
A northern Minnesota utility’s energy outlook plan draws criticism for not focusing enough on wind and solar. (Minnesota Daily)

EMISSIONS: Clean energy groups and a Wisconsin utility settle a legal dispute over how much mercury can be emitted from a coal plant in the state. (Wisconsin Gazette)

NATURAL GAS: Major institutions struggle to meet sustainability goals by transitioning away from natural gas. (EnergyWire)

NUCLEAR: Industry officials ask federal regulators for a more efficient process to decommission nuclear reactors. (Utility Dive)

CLIMATE: A group of leading climate scientists warn that the worst effects of climate change could be felt in decades, not centuries. (New York Times)

EFFICIENCY: A Kansas City-based company has developed a highly efficient electric motor that can significantly cut down on operating costs. (Kansas City Business Journal)

UTILITIES: A Nebraska utility expects to spend more than $450 million by the end of 2022 to upgrade infrastructure and to accommodate new customers. (Lincoln Journal Star)

OIL AND GAS:
• A decision to phase out temporary housing — or “man camps” — for oil and gas workers in a western North Dakota town may prompt a lawsuit. (Associated Press)
Deposits into North Dakota’s oil tax savings account are at their lowest levels since the fund was created nearly six years ago. (Associated Press)

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BIOFUELS: Iowa awards a record number of projects to upgrade biofuels infrastructure and offer higher blends of ethanol and biodiesel. (Ethanol Producer Magazine)

COMMENTARY: Minnesota is a national leader when it comes to embracing clean energy and complying with the Clean Power Plan. (Union of Concerned Scientists)

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