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State regulator to utilities: ‘Stop trying to scare Ohioans’

SOLAR: A government agency in Minnesota is using marginal land it owns in the Twin Cities region for solar installations. (Midwest Energy News)

OHIO: The state’s top regulator tells power companies to “stop trying to scare Ohioans” when talking about re-regulating the state. (Columbus Business First)

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NUCLEAR: PJM’s annual capacity auction will not provide a lifeline for Exelon’s struggling Quad Cities nuclear plant. (EnergyWire)

COAL:
• Under international climate change goals, a new analysis finds that 80 percent of the world’s global coal supply — valued at $62 trillion — would have to stay in the ground. (SNL)
• City officials look for funds to tear down two iconic smokestacks at a former coal plant in Akron. (Akron Beacon Journal)
A municipally owned power plant in Columbia, Missouri will stop burning coal in October. (KMIZ-TV)

HEAT-TO-ENERGY: A new class of thermoelectrics being developed at Michigan State University is driving one company to commercialize products that turn waste heat into electricity. (NPR)

OIL AND GAS: An Ohio environmental group files suit against Secretary of State John Husted for rejecting a ballot initiative that would have placed limits on local oil and gas development. (Medina Gazette)

NATURAL GAS: Developers receive a notice to proceed for a new $300 million, 475 MW natural gas plant in Ohio, scheduled to be operational in 2018. (news release)

WIND: The battle over wind-farm zoning and land use regulations is spreading across Nebraska counties. (Lincoln Journal Star)

AIR POLLUTION: 92 schools in one southeast Michigan county have sulfur dioxide pollution levels that exceed federal limits. (Arab American News)

CLEAN POWER PLAN:
• In using the Clean Air Act to combat climate change, the Obama administration reversed course from earlier goals of doing so through legislation. (Greenwire)
A video summary of the entire plan. (Georgetown Climate Center)

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METHANE: Breaking down the science of methane gas. (Minnesota Public Radio)

COMMENTARY:
• It’s time to start tapping underused waste heat as an energy source. (Phys.org)
• When it comes to new environmental regulations, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is like “Marty McFly — in reverse” because of an unwillingness to look forward. (The Republic)
Problems at BP’s refinery in Indiana last week should serve as a “wake-up call” for the state and cities to explore alternative fuel options. (South Bend Tribune)

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