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Peabody Energy’s lifeline to prevent bankruptcy may be fading

COAL: The company planning to buy Peabody Energy mines backs out of a loan deal, jeopardizing the chances of helping Peabody stave off bankruptcy. (Bloomberg)

CLEAN POWER PLAN: As advocates file briefs this week in support of the Clean Power Plan, some are urging Ohio officials to move forward with a compliance strategy. (Midwest Energy News)

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WIND:
• Citing three proposed projects in the Midwest, a national conservation group seeks tougher restrictions on siting wind farms to avoid bird deaths. (Midwest Energy News)
• A public hearing on a controversial wind project in North Dakota runs for more than 12 hours. (Bismarck Tribune)
• A previously denied South Dakota wind project may be revived. (Forum News Service)

TRANSMISSION: Customers of a Kansas utility will be refunded $14 million following a FERC ruling in a dispute over transmission charges. (Topeka Capital-Journal)

OIL AND GAS:
• The U.S. EPA announces a partnership with 41 energy companies that will voluntarily agree to reduce methane emissions. (Associated Press)
• A North Dakota-based energy company is among those 41 businesses. (Associated Press)

EFFICIENCY: Xcel Energy will spend the next six weeks replacing thousands of streetlights in western Wisconsin with LEDs. (LaCrosse Tribune)

PIPELINES:
• Tribal groups plan to protest and set up a semi-permanent camp against the Dakota Access Pipeline. (Bismarck Tribune)
• Three Kansas-based gas companies make the case for an accelerated gas-pipeline replacement program — and a way to pay for it — after finding widespread deterioration in the existing infrastructure. (Topeka Capital-Journal)

FRACKING:
• Some legal observers say environmental groups are taking an unorthodox approach in a case against the oil and gas industry and “frackquakes.” (Forbes)
A new paper links the growing number of earthquakes in Canada to fracking. (EnergyWire)

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CLIMATE: An advocacy group is urging poor countries not to attend a ceremonial signing of the Paris climate agreement until rich countries have begun taking action. (ClimateWire)

COMMENTARY:
• When it comes to building transmission infrastructure to move renewable energy to population centers, the U.S. and China are moving at vastly different paces. (Vox)
Minnesota officials should invite underserved populations to take part in planning a strong climate policy. (Minnesota Daily)

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