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U.S. Supreme Court ruling may block Ohio ‘bailouts,’ opponents say

UTILITIES: Opponents of income-guarantee deals in Ohio say a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision blocking subsidies for new power plants in Maryland could bolster their case. (Columbus Dispatch)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A Minnesota study challenges claims that electric vehicles are no better for the climate than gasoline cars, finding significantly lower emissions based on the state’s energy mix. (Midwest Energy News)

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SOLAR:
• A Missouri appellate court rules against a homeowner whose neighborhood association ordered him to remove solar panels from his property. (St. Joseph News-Press)
• Though interest is high, subscriptions are lagging for what would be Wisconsin’s largest community solar project. (LaCrosse Tribune)
The Indiana Supreme Court rules that a state lawmaker’s email correspondence with a utility company over controversial solar legislation will not be released. (Indianapolis Star)
The first community solar project in Cedar Falls, Iowa started operations earlier this month. (Waterloo/Cedar Falls Courier)

POLLUTION:
• Central Ohio is making progress on reducing air pollution, but the region still received an “F” in a new American Lung Association report on ozone levels. (Columbus Dispatch)
The report reached similar conclusions for northeast Ohio, finding that conditions are improving around Cleveland. (WKSU)

WIND:
• Developers are exploring the potential for a 200-megawatt wind project in an eastern Indiana county, though local opposition is growing. (Anderson Herald Bulletin)
The renewable portfolio of Omaha, Nebraska’s municipal utility is now over 30 percent, made up largely by wind. (KIOS)

OIL AND GAS: State workers doing a site evaluation for an exploratory oil well at a metro Detroit church have found brine seeping nearby from an old well. (Associated Press)

COAL:
• Organizers are lining up legislative sponsors for a 2017 severance tax proposal in Illinois that supporters say would help boost state and local coffers. (Associated Press)
A week after Peabody Energy’s bankruptcy announcement, protesters are still taking to the streets of St. Louis urging a “societal shift” away from coal. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

BUSINESS: The prominent leader of a Wisconsin-based clean energy company is indicted on charges that he allegedly obtained fraudulent bank loans. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

PIPELINES: The U.S. EPA says a pipeline spill in southern Illinois that leaked 48,000 gallons of diesel into a river has had no impact on wildlife. (Associated Press)

TRANSPORTATION: The Federal Highway Administration is considering measures that would account for carbon pollution reductions in local and state transportation projects. (ClimateWire)

COMMENTARY:
• Last week’s announcement of a $3.6 billion, 2,000-megawatt wind project in Iowa is “fresh evidence” that the state is a national leader in clean energy. (Sioux City Journal)
A new report says strong clean energy policies along with a national carbon emissions-trading program would net significant economic and health benefits for Michigan. (Union of Concerned Scientists)

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