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Iowa lawmakers challenge proposed transmission line

TRANSMISSION: In response to complaints that a planned transmission line will move electricity out of the state, Iowa Republicans propose changes to the state’s eminent domain law. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

EFFICIENCY: A Michigan study challenges the conventional wisdom that driving is more energy-efficient than flying. (Midwest Energy News)

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COAL: A water crisis affecting thousands of people in West Virginia may be drawing to a close as testing shows contamination from a recent chemical spill is within acceptable levels. (Associated Press)

ALSO: Lignite production increased last year in North Dakota, but is still below long-term averages. (Associated Press)

WISCONSIN: A conference examines Wisconsin’s slow approach to renewable energy development. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

FRACKING: Oil and gas drilling are providing much-needed revenue for some rural counties, and officials in Kansas investigate whether wastewater injection wells are to blame for recent earthquakes. (Associated Press, Kansas City Star)

FRAC SAND: Wisconsin regulators approve a frac sand mine’s plan to reroute a stream and fill in wetlands. (LaCrosse Tribune)

ETHANOL: Lawmakers say it’s unlikely the renewable fuel standard will face repeal this year, and Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad will host a public hearing this month in Des Moines on the biofuel mandate. (Sioux Falls Argus Leader, Des Moines Register)

NUCLEAR: Ice knocks Nebraska’s Fort Calhoun nuclear plant offline again, just two weeks after the plant restarted following a a nearly three-year outage. (Omaha World-Herald)

BIOENERGY: A $6 million anaerobic digester is planned in the middle of a Michigan town. (MLive)

HYDROPOWER: FERC is seeking projects to test a new streamlined approval process for hydropower. (FierceEnergy)

COMMENTARY: How different standards for pipelines and transmission lines put renewable energy at a disadvantage. (Grist)

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