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Wisconsin officials back off plan requiring pipeline cleanup trust fund

ILLINOIS: Exelon will continue to pursue legislation guaranteeing revenue for its Illinois nuclear plants, despite results from a recent capacity auction that will ensure their operation through mid-2019. (Midwest Energy News)

PIPELINES:
• An analysis of federal data finds new pipelines installed in response to the shale boom are failing at a rate on par with lines installed before the 1940s. (SNL Energy)
Citing legal constraints, county officials in Wisconsin are backing off a plan to require Enbridge to set up a cleanup fund in case a spill occurs. (Wisconsin State Journal)

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OHIO: A coalition of clean-energy businesses releases a report suggesting state lawmakers should reinstate renewable and efficiency standards. (Columbus Dispatch)

CLEAN POWER PLAN: A federal appeals court denies states’ efforts to block the plan. (The Hill)

EFFICIENCY:
• Kansas City emerges as a national leader in promoting energy efficiency. (Bloomberg Philanthropies)
Researchers are developing a cloud-based data analysis tool that would streamline building operations to maximize efficiency. (Phys.org)

BIOFUELS:
• Researchers at Michigan State University receive a $5 million federal grant to better understand how biofuel crops could maximize yields while lowering fertilizer use. (Biofuels Digest)
Environmental groups are calling on Michigan regulators to impose stricter air pollution rules on an Upper Peninsula biomass plant. (Michigan Radio)

SOLAR:
• The design of new solar cells being developed at the University of Michigan is inspired by Japanese kirigami. (Slash Gear)
How a tea party Republican could help Michigan Democrats grow clean energy in the state. (Lansing City Pulse)

COAL:
• Forthcoming federal regulations on coal ash are expected to have a limited effect on the power sector because of the way the product is most often disposed of. (Utility Dive)
Residents and environmental groups continue to pressure Illinois regulators to hold a coal plant to federal air quality standards. (Chicago Tribune)

RAIL: CSX says weak demand in coal means profits in the second half of this year will be lower than expected. (Associated Press)

WISCONSIN: State lawmakers take up legislation addressing local revenue losses when power plants close. (Grant County Herald Independent)

TRIBAL LAND: A panel of tribal leaders consider initiatives to oppose oil pipelines and develop wind energy. (Bismarck Tribune)

ELECTRIC CHOICE: Energy firms in Nebraska push for changes to allow for competition between alternative energy suppliers and public utilities. (Associated Press)

OIL AND GAS:
• Talks over merging two major industry groups are causing internal consternation over how the gas industry will be represented. (E&E Daily)
Ohio issues permit No. 2,000 to drill in the Utica shale play. (Columbus Business First)
Stanford researchers show that programs to replace leaking natural gas pipelines in cities are working well. (Phys.org)

COMMENTARY: The Detroit News says Michigan should restructure its net metering program so customers aren’t subsidizing those with solar installations.

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