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Minnesota moves forward as if Clean Power Plan stay ‘never happened’

OHIO:
• FirstEnergy proposes a compromise settlement in its income-guarantee request, though challengers still say it would give subsidies to certain customer classes over others. (Midwest Energy News)
FirstEnergy is requesting certain legislative history and public comments, including testimony about its earlier support for competition, be struck from the case. (Midwest Energy News)

CLEAN POWER PLAN: Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is pressing on with a clean energy plan “as though the (Supreme Court’s stay) never happened.” (Minnesota Public Radio)

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SOLAR: Following decisions in California and Nevada, solar net metering faces an uncertain fate in more than 25 states across the country. (Reuters)

WIND:
• Plans for a 40-turbine wind project in mid-Michigan that has been mired in legal battles for years appear to have been canceled. (Lansing State Journal)
By the end of 2017, wind is slated to overtake hydropower as the leading source of renewable energy generation in the U.S. (Utility Dive)

OIL AND GAS: Former Chesapeake Energy CEO Aubrey McClendon is indicted on charges of conspiring to rig bids for oil and gas leases in northwest Oklahoma. (Associated Press)

COAL:
• U.S. senators from Ohio and West Virginia look to preserve pension benefits for retired coal miners. (The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register)
Recent filings show Peabody Energy moving closer to bankruptcy. (SNL/Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis)
Peabody’s future appears to hinge on the sale of three coal mines. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
Concerns over mine cleanup are spiking amid the industry downturn. (Greenwire)
A company looks to seal off a mine in Illinois to stop a fire that has smoldered for a year. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

PIPELINES:
• Recent documents renew questions about the safety of the southern route of the Keystone XL pipeline. (DeSmogBlog)
Two members of Congress want the federal government to halt plans to move crude oil through 98-year-old pipeline beneath a river between Michigan and Canada. (WMTV)

UTILITIES: Michigan’s attorney general looks to limit DTE Energy’s proposed rate increase on residential customers. (WXYZ-TV)

RENEWABLES: The head of NRG Energy looks to refine the company’s approach to renewable energy development. (EnergyWire)

NATURAL GAS: Gas-fired plants generated more electricity than coal did in seven months of 2015. (Utility Dive)

NUCLEAR: The relationship between the federal government and a controversial uranium enrichment company with ties to Ohio will be under the microscope in Congress this week. (E&E Daily)

MERGERS:
• Washington D.C.’s mayor and a ratepayer advocacy group object to new terms in the proposed Exelon/Pepco merger. (RTO Insider)
Two electric cooperatives serving customers in Minnesota and Iowa consider merging. (Winona Daily News)

COMMENTARY:
• Expanding Michigan’s energy efficiency standard is the “most effective and common-sense way to keep energy costs down.” (MLive)
Continuing to plan a Clean Power Plan strategy in Michigan would be a waste of taxpayer dollars. (Detroit News)

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