Daily digest

Minnesota regulators approve 187 MW worth of new solar

WIND: Industry study breaks down myths about baseload power and reliability. (Midwest Energy News)

SOLAR: Minnesota regulators sign off on three new solar projects totaling 187 MW, to be completed in 2016. (Minneapolis StarTribune)

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MICHIGAN: Critics say new state rules over residential-area oil and gas drilling don’t go far enough. (Detroit Free Press)

EPA: Renewable energy group says NAERC may be overstating reliability concerns with the Clean Power Plan. An air quality official says timeline may be amended(EnergyWire, ClimateWire)

KEYSTONE XL: Pipeline opponents gain temporary victory after Nebraska judge issues injunction to stop condemnation cases. Republicans delay sending bill to Obama in order to draw attention to it. (Los Angeles Times, Associated Press)

CHICAGO: Illinois AG and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel put pressure on gas company with infrastructure cost overruns. (Crain’s Chicago Business)

OIL: The only oil well drilled in one West Michigan county last year is dry. (MLive)

EFFICIENCY: Ohio energy optimization company that helps schools become more energy efficient is growing. (Dayton Business Journal)

UTILITY: Michigan Public Service Commission orders investigation into death of man who died after a utility shutoff. (MLive)

CNG: The number of compressed natural gas stations in Ohio continues to grow(Dayton Business Journal)

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EV: GM to build a new 200-mile range electric car in Detroit. (Phys.org)

COMMENTARY: Why Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s proposed tax on the oil and gas industry is not a good idea. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

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