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Oil train derailment ‘imminent’ threat to Mississippi River

OIL: An Illinois oil train derailment poses an “imminent and substantial danger” of contaminating the Mississippi River, the train was en route to Chicago. (Los Angeles Times, ABC7)

ALSO: The White House considered tougher federal standards to control volatility of Bakken crude oil, but left it up to North Dakota instead. (Reuters)

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CLIMATE: A small Michigan town has a plan to run on 100 percent renewable energy. (Midwest Energy News)

SOLAR: The Washington Post explores utility efforts to slow the growth of rooftop solar., and an Iowa court ruling has led to an explosion in public-sector solar projects. (Washington Post, Cedar Rapids Gazette)

TRANSMISSION: Backers say transmission should be a component of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, as utilities invest billions in the grid to support the expansion of renewable energy. (EnergyWire, St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

COAL: One worker is killed and two more are injured in a collapse at a West Virginia coal mine owned by Ohio-based Murray Energy, and Southern Illinois lawmakers push back against plans by Gov. Bruce Rauner to eliminate state funding for marketing the coal industry. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Carbondale Southern Illinoisan)

UTILITIES: A Kansas utility’s rate proposal would give customers four options to support renewable energy. (Topeka Capital-Journal)

NUCLEAR: Minnesota regulators rule that Xcel Energy can’t collect profits from cost overruns at a nuclear plant. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

GRID: A report projects the energy storage market will more than triple this year. (Greentech Media)

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POLLUTION: Lawmakers struggle with how to control emissions from wood burning, still a primary source of heat for many low-income rural homeowners. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY: Why clean energy is good business for Iowa farmers. (Des Moines Register)

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