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Some Minnesota utilities say Clean Power Plan will increase rates

SOLAR:
• Republican lawmakers in Michigan look to settle the value of solar debate after various stakeholders spent months trying unsuccessfully to reach consensus. (Midwest Energy News)
Minneapolis officials expect the region’s public transportation authority to save $4 million over 25 years by installing solar panels on its bus garages. (CBS Minnesota)

CHOICE: Utilities and their opponents square off in attempting to change Michigan’s Retail Open Access law. (Associated Press)

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CLEAN POWER PLAN:
• Opponents eagerly await for the final rule to be published in the Federal Register so they can mount formal challenges. (EnergyWire)
Three Minnesota utilities say they expect rates to increase in order to comply with the plan. (Minnesota Public Radio)

PIPELINES:
• An Enbridge pipeline leaks, spilling 700 barrels of water during an equipment test last week in Minnesota. (Duluth News Tribune)
Two years after North Dakota’s largest oil pipeline spill, a landowner with contaminated property sees an end in sight. (Bismarck Tribune)

PLANT CLOSURE: Wisconsin lawmakers pass a bill that would ease the revenue decline for a region where two plants are closing. (Telegraph Herald)

EMISSIONS:
• Industry groups and several states, including Michigan, ask the U.S. Supreme Court to throw out the EPA’s rules for reducing mercury at coal plants. (Greenwire)
A bipartisan group of federal lawmakers introduce legislation that would delay compliance for some under a stricter ozone standard. (E&E Daily)

FRAC SAND: After a Wisconsin town’s moratorium on frac sand ends, no applications for development have been filed. (LaCrosse Tribune)

WIND: Xcel Energy breaks ground on a 200 MW wind farm in North Dakota. (Associated Press)

CLIMATE:
• A new survey of scientists from a diverse background of disciplines confirms the scientific consensus on human-caused climate change. (Washington Post)
President Obama said any climate pact reached in Paris is likely to fall short, given how aggressively emissions need to curbed. (Climate Central)

UTILITIES: Exelon officials say they plan to refile a bid today to acquire Pepco in a $6.8 billion merger after regulators rejected a previous deal. (Baltimore Business Journal)

OIL AND GAS: Thousands file for unemployment benefits in North Dakota amid industry downturn. (Bismarck Tribune)

VW POLLUTION CASE:
• Attorneys in Wisconsin add to the list of states pursuing federal class-action lawsuits against VW. (WISC-TV)
• The EPA announces sweeping changes to be more aggressive in testing emissions from cars. (Associated Press)

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MINING: Small districts in northern Minnesota consider how they can work together to use mining revenues to build new schools. (MinnPost)

RATES: A South Dakota utility says it has reached an agreement with state regulators for a $20 million annual rate increase. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY: Environmental groups say Ohio lawmakers “need to embrace markets rather than polluters” when considering the state’s clean-energy freeze. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

CORRECTION: An item in Friday’s digest had an incorrect link. Commentary from a craft brewery owner on finding ways to reroute oil transportation away from the Straits of Mackinac can be found here.

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