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Drilling industry caught off guard by new EPA requirement

TRANSMISSION: As European countries aggressively ramp up renewable energy, they face a constraint that is familiar in the Midwest: The need to expand and overhaul the electric grid. (Midwest Energy News)

FRACKING: The drilling industry is caught off guard by a little-known requirement to notify the EPA each time it fracks a new well. (EnergyWire)

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NATURAL GAS: Ohio considers a revolving loan fund to encourage natural gas-powered vehicles, and a Canadian railway experiments with natural gas as an alternative to diesel. (Cleveland Plain Dealer, Houston Chronicle)

SOLAR: The Treasury Department’s inspector general is investigating a popular federal grant program for solar panels. (Reuters)

MICHIGAN: Former Republican Gov. William Milliken supports Proposal 3, saying the expanded renewable energy mandate “should have the long-term certainty of Constitutional protection”; and a diverse group of faith leaders also join the campaign for the ballot measure. (MLive.com, Daily Climate)

FRAC SAND: Eau Claire, Wisconsin rejects a plan for a frac sand transfer facility in the city. (WQOW)

TRANSPORTATION: Amtrak reports its highest ridership since the railroad was formed in 1971. (Associated Press)

WIND: Bloomberg becomes the first news organization to be WindMade certified, getting as much as 58% of its electricity from wind; and Illinois schools take part in a wind power education program. (TreeHugger, Associated Press)

COMMENTARY: Why the “get rid of all energy subsidies” argument is a political distraction. (Climate Progress)

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