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Midwest states help others use efficiency to comply with Clean Power Plan

EFFICIENCY:
• A General Mills plant in Cedar Rapids, Iowa is recognized by the federal government for making energy efficiency improvements. (Midwest Energy News)
Six states, including Michigan and Minnesota, are leading an effort to streamline the evaluation of efficiency investments, which could help states comply with the Clean Power Plan. (EnergyWire)

BUDGET: A Chicago suburb sees a $27 million shortfall in its municipal electric department due to unstable energy prices, temperate weather and cost overruns at the Prairie State Energy Campus. (Chicago Tribune)

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NUCLEAR: The chairman of a federal regulatory commission is pleased with upgrades being made at a Michigan nuclear plant following the 2011 Fukushima disaster. (Toledo Blade)

OIL AND GAS:
• Developers start work on central Ohio’s first horizontally fractured oil well. (Columbus Business First)
Companies in West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania are urged to work together on using ethane from the fracking process to make byproducts rather than burning it. (Columbus Business First)
A top industry official says it’s a “suite” of proposed federal regulations that threaten North Dakota’s oil production, not slumping prices. (Associated Press)

DEMAND RESPONSE: U.S. Supreme Court justices raise concerns about federal regulators’ ability to reward customers for reducing energy use. (Greenwire)

EMISSIONS: A federal emissions-testing lab in Ann Arbor, Michigan is taking on a larger mandate for testing a variety of vehicles and devices. (MLive)

CLIMATE: Dozens of activists gather in front of the Nebraska governor’s mansion urging him to adopt a compliance plan for federal carbon rules. (Lincoln Journal-Star)

RETIREMENT: Utilities in Wisconsin and Kansas plan to retire 600 megawatts of coal, natural gas and biomass by the end of the year. (Platts)

FUEL CELLS: Toyota announces plans to phase out gas-powered vehicles by 2050, relying on hydrogen fuel cells instead of electric vehicles. (NBC News)

SOLAR: Local officials celebrate the unveiling of a 1.2-megawatt solar project in Illinois. (Dispatch/Rock Island Argus)

POLITICS:
• Democrats’ embrace of climate change as an issue at the national level is a “stunning evolution.” (ClimateWire)
Iowa corn advocates are active on the campaign trail educating candidates on the benefits of a strong Renewable Fuel Standard. (The Gazette)

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FRACKING: As voters are asked for a fifth time whether to ban fracking locally, an Ohio mayor says residents are “tired of hearing about the issue.” (Youngstown Vindicator)

COMMENTARY:
• A U.S. Supreme Court decision on demand-response “could very well be the biggest energy-related Supreme Court case in decades.” (The Conversation)
Advocates make a legal argument for the Michigan governor and attorney general to shut down an oil pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac. (MLive)

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