Daily digest

TransCanada asks Obama administration to suspend Keystone XL review

KEYSTONE XL: In an abrupt move, TransCanada asks the Obama administration to suspend its review of the project, which clean-energy advocates denounced as a bid to avoid a near-certain rejection. (New York Times)

RENEWABLES:
• A Stanford researcher says Michigan could meet 100 percent of its energy needs from renewables. (Michigan Radio)
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The next political battle over renewable energy is ramping up in Illinois. (Madison Record)
A statewide ballot initiative moves forward in Ohio that would ask voters to approve issuing $1.3 billion in bonds for clean-energy development. (Columbus Dispatch)

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SOLAR:
• A Minnesota group is a case study on the challenges of bringing community solar to a rural area and garnering support from residents who may not understand the concept. (Midwest Energy News)
Scientists show that expanding the amount of large solar arrays may affect the local climate more than previously thought. (Washington Post)
Some businesses embrace community solar in Minnesota as a way to lock in long-term energy prices. (Finance & Commerce)

WIND: A Canadian company aims to start construction in late 2016 or early 2017 on a 200 MW wind project in Ohio. (Renews)

RATES:
• Consumer advocates are opposed to Xcel Energy’s request for a 9.8 percent rate increase over three years to help pay for infrastructure and clean-energy investments. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
Minnesota researchers have developed an online calculator to determine whether it’s cost effective to go solar. (CBS Minnesota)
An Indiana court blocks a utility from passing on to ratepayers the $90 million cost of pollution-control upgrades on aging coal plants because the work was done without proper approvals. (Reuters)

SMART METERS: Officials in an eastern Michigan city are recommending a $9 monthly fee on remaining residents who have not installed smart meters on their property. (MLive)

POLLUTION: We Energies seeks a variance from the state for the amount of arsenic it is allowed to discharge into Lake Michigan from one of its plants. (Racine County Eye)

PIPELINES:
• Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad says he will allow state regulators to decide on whether a company can use eminent domain for a major pipeline project, adding that the practice should be used “only very sparingly.” (The Gazette)
• Several pipeline protesters were arrested after refusing to leave Enbridge’s offices in Duluth, Minnesota. (Pioneer Press)

BATTERIES: The challenge for expanding the use of battery technology isn’t with chemistry and physics, but “regulations and market forces.” (ClimateWire)

ELECTRIC CARS: Wisconsin lawmakers say they’ll pursue a “road user fee” for electric and hybrid cars. (Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter)

TRANSMISSION:
• A major transmission project in northern Minnesota moves forward. (KQDS-TV)
• Michigan is facing a shortage in transmission line workers. (Detroit News)

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VOLKSWAGEN SCANDAL: The U.S. EPA accuses the automaker of cheating a second time on emissions reporting for thousands more vehicles. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY: Congress should lift the ban on crude oil exports while placing a ban on natural-gas flaring. (Forbes) 

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