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Ohio lawmakers start process to repeal power plant bailout law

OHIO: Ohio lawmakers begin the process of repealing HB 6, the power plant bailout law at the center of the state’s bribery scandal. (Cleveland.com)

ALSO:
• A survey of 600 likely voters in Ohio last month showed that nearly two-thirds supported repealing HB 6. (Mahoning Matters)
• The financing for large-scale solar projects that was also included in HB 6 appears to be in flux if the law is repealed. (Cleveland.com)
• The scandal unfolding in Ohio will likely draw more scrutiny of utilities’ contributions to “dark money” advocacy groups, experts say. (S&P Global)

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EMISSIONS: Indianapolis Power & Light agrees to settle a lawsuit hours after it was filed Monday by the federal government by reducing emissions at a coal plant and paying fines. (Indianapolis Star)

PIPELINES: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is allowing the Dakota Access pipeline to continue operating under the terms of a prior easement as it prepares a lengthy environmental review this week. (Bismarck Tribune) 

COAL:
• The U.S. EPA scales back an Obama-era rule that required wastewater treatment technologies at coal plants to limit the release of several pollutants. (New York Times)
• Local officials in eastern Michigan begin planning ways to make up for lost tax revenue as Consumers Energy demolishes coal plants. (MLive)
• A federal judge approves Murray Energy’s plan to emerge from bankruptcy, which will allow it to continue operating under the ownership of a new lending group. (Bloomberg Law)

GRID: It’s unclear how a major transmission line from North Dakota to Minnesota, which recently underwent a $130 million upgrade, will be used if the Coal Creek Station power plant is closed. (Bismarck Tribune)

NUCLEAR: Exelon estimates it will need up to $500 million — some of which could come from its parent company — to support cleanup efforts at a nuclear plant the company says will close without state subsidies. (Crain’s Chicago Business)

SOLAR: A former industrial superfund site in Indiana is being repurposed with a 7.2 MW solar project. (POWER Magazine)

HYDROELECTRIC: A $400 million hydroelectric plant that draws water from the Des Moines River in Iowa is set to become operational later this year. (Associated Press)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Experts say managing charging loads and assessing the costs and benefits of electric vehicle deployment could still impede the sector’s growth. (Utility Dive)

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UTILITIES: Wisconsin utility Madison Gas and Electric proposes using 2019 fuel savings that are normally refunded to customers to offset the need for an electric rate increase next year. (Wisconsin State Journal)

COMMENTARY: An environmental advocacy group supporting the repeal of HB 6 in Ohio says lawmakers should act quickly before ratepayers are charged for propping up power plants in the coming months. (Natural Resources Defense Council)

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