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Illinois lawmakers delay decision on fracking rules

FRACKING: Illinois lawmakers delay a decision on fracking rules until November; the state’s DNR says no drilling can take place without a court order. (Chicago Tribune)

ALSO: A study finds fracking is to blame for hundreds of small, unnoticeable earthquakes in Ohio. (Associated Press)

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COAL: A Sierra Club Ohio pollution complaint is unrelated to American Electric Power’s “bailout” plan for older coal plants, with the latter posing a PR challenge for the utility. (Midwest Energy News, Columbus Business First)

SOLAR: American Electric Power is challenging a provision in Ohio’s net metering policy that it says requires it to unfairly reimburse customers of competing providers, and how a Minnesota co-op overcame financial hurdles to launch a community solar project. (EnergyWire, Electric Co-op Today)

MORE FRACKING:
Demand is soaring for frac sand, which may become a weak link in the logistics chain. (McClatchy)
• Officials in a Wisconsin county say they cited the wrong company for frac sand mining violations. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• Fracking supporters rally in southern Illinois. (Carbondale Southern Illinoisan)
• Minnesota officials are seeking public input on frac sand air quality rules. (Winona Daily News)

EFFICIENCY: LED streetlights are paying off for a St. Paul suburb, and an awards event tonight will recognize energy-efficient buildings in Chicago. (Minneapolis Star Tribune, NRDC Switchboard)

NATURAL GAS: How Michigan residents forced a natural gas pipeline realignment, and a new plant goes online in North Dakota to capture natural gas from oil fields. (InsideClimate News, Bismarck Tribune)

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WIND: A study finds bats may confuse wind turbines for trees. (MinnPost)

COMMENTARY: Are utilities pushing communities of color away from solar? (Grist)

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