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Illinois utility accused of having customers pay for employee bonuses

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ACTIVISM: ‘Toxic Avenger’ Sandra Steingraber keeps a watchful eye on hydraulic fracturing industry. (Midwest Energy News)

UTILITY: Illinois attorney general accuses utility of having its customers pay for $87.9 million in employee bonuses. (Chicago Tribune)

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PIPELINE: More than a dozen environmental groups call on Michigan officials to push harder for oil-pipeline safety beneath Straits of Mackinac. (Associated Press)

COAL: Illinois-based Vectren Fuels will be sold to Sunrise Coal LLC for $296 million, future of 850 mining jobs uncertain. (Evansville Courier & Press)

BAKKEN: Hydraulic fracturing drillers in North Dakota are forced to burn excess gas due to lack of infrastructure, regulations. (Wall Street Journal)

SOLAR: Michigan-based Consumers Energy chooses 22 participants for continued solar ‘experiment.’ (MLive)

RENEWABLE: By 2030, renewables are expected to generate triple the capacity of new fossil fuels. (GreenWire)

NATURAL GAS: Kansas’ first public-access filling station for cars running on compressed natural gas opens. (Wichita Business Journal)

PIPELINE: Oil-pipeline expansion plans in North Dakota come with fears over safety. (Christian Science Monitor)

SOLAR: Decommissioned landfill in New York state to become 2.3 MW solar array. (CleanTechnica)

ETHANOL: Damage from an explosion at an ethanol plant in Kansas could top $1 million. (Associated Press)

SOLAR: Two solar companies sue state of Arizona over tax on solar leases. (Arizona Republic)

COMMENTARY: Advancing clean energy is about more than tax credits. (Daily Iowan)

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