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Wisconsin, Indiana leaders praise Clean Power Plan delay

CLEAN POWER PLAN: In a major setback for the Obama administration, the Supreme Court makes an “unprecedented” vote to temporarily block the Clean Power Plan as opponents challenge the rule. (New York Times)

ALSO:
• Wisconsin’s governor and attorney general praised the “extraordinary” decision, saying it is “telling of the obvious illegality of the rule.” (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence also lauded the decision. (Inside Indiana Business)
• Ohio utility FirstEnergy says it will “work with states” if they continue to develop their compliance plans; AEP says it will continue to reduce emissions by transitioning to more natural gas and renewables. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
A coal industry official in North Dakota says the state’s “continued prosperity” is at stake if the rules ultimately stand. (Jamestown Sun)
Coal states win on a “Hail Mary” pass. (Forbes)
• The Obama administration vows to press ahead with the plan. (Associated Press)

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BUDGET: President Obama’s $4.1 trillion “climate smart” budget plan is expected to be largely ignored by Republicans. (Greenwire)

EFFICIENCY:
• Missouri regulators will vote today on whether to approve a new three-year, $158 million efficiency program for the state’s largest utility, which will target low-income ratepayers and renters. (Midwest Energy News)
• South Dakota’s governor signs a bill into law that allows state and local governments to pay for efficiency upgrades through the savings they create. (Associated Press)

FINANCING: A new program in Iowa and Minnesota will support the development of on-bill financing to help households reduce energy use or generate their own power. (Midwest Energy News)

OIL AND GAS:
• Illinois’ attorney general and a utility watchdog group file a formal complaint saying officials with Peoples Gas “knowingly misled” state regulators about a multi-million dollar natural gas infrastructure upgrade. (CBS Chicago)
• The IEA says oil supply will outpace demand this year, preventing any expected price increases. (Associated Press)
Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley says President Obama’s $10-per-barrel oil tax “will die a quick death in Congress.” (Radio Iowa)

FRACKING: County officials are expected to discuss today the storing of radioactive fracking waste at a landfill in metro Detroit. (MLive)

WIND: Local officials in South Dakota reject a proposed wind farm, but the project could go up for a public vote. (Mitchell Daily Republic)

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TRANSPORTATION: South Dakota lawmakers reject a plan to increase fees for hybrid and electric vehicles whose revenue would go into the state highway fund. (Rapid City Journal)

TRANSMISSION:
• ITC Holdings, which owns high-voltage transmission facilities across the Midwest, is bought out by a Canadian utility for $6.9 billion. (Associated Press)
DTE Energy looks to continue a multi-year effort to modernize its distribution infrastructure in southeast Michigan. (Transmission & Distribution World)

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