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This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about campaign reports showing House Appropriations Chairman Kevin Wallace is renting a garage apartment from former House Appropriations Chair and now OG&E lobbyist Ken Miller and Governor Stitt signs an executive order requiring all state agencies to get approval from his office for grant applications more than  $50,000.

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President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed an executive order to roll back many Obama-era rules meant to combat climate change. Politico’s Alex Guillén reports many of the directives in the order are geared toward making it easier to produce coal used for power generation:

Customers of the state’s largest electric utility will pick up the tab for environmental compliance projects and plant upgrades over the next few years, The Oklahoman’s Paul Monies reports.

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The Oklahoma Corporation Commission on Thursday approved Oklahoma Gas and Electric’s plan to install air scrubbers at its coal-fired power plant in Red Rock. In order to comply with the federal Regional Haze Rule, OG&E needs to reduce emissions at the plant.

The state’s largest utility says it needs the commission’s approval for the $500 million dollar scrubber plan by early May. OG&E’s detractors, including the Sierra Club, say making a half-billion dollar investment in coal flies in the face of industry trends toward renewable forms of energy, like wind power.

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Oklahoma Gas and Electric went before the Oklahoma Corporation Commission again this week to try to get approval for environmental upgrades at its coal-fired power plant in Red Rock, Okla.

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Oklahoma Gas and Electric, the state’s largest electricity utility, wants regulators to approve new fees for customers who install solar panels. The request is now in the hands of Oklahoma’s three-member Corporation Commission, which has to weigh the real cost of reliable electricity and put a fair value on power from the sun.

Judge Jacqueline Miller “also said the commission should direct OG&E to provide further evidence of the costs distributed generation customers impose on the grid in its upcoming rate case,” The Oklahoman’s Paul Monies reports.

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The Oklahoma Corporation Commission has rejected a plan by the state's largest electric utility that would have resulted in customers' bills going up by more than 15 percent over the next five years.

The commission voted 2-1 Wednesday to deny Oklahoma Gas & Electric's proposal to recover from consumers a little more than $1 billion in costs to comply with new environmental regulations and update one of its aging plants.

Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Several environmental and pro-solar energy groups on Tuesday protested a proposal by the state's largest electric utility to impose new charges on customers who generate their own electricity by using solar power.

About three dozen people demonstrated outside the Jim Thorpe Building in Oklahoma City during a break in testimony before an Oklahoma Corporation Commission judge about the new "distributive tariffs" that Oklahoma Gas & Electric wants to impose on customers who install solar panels.

Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Oklahoma officials are fighting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over the Obama’s administration’s new Clean Power Plan, the federal government’s push to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants.

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