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MICHIGAN: A conservative group wants to make it safe for Republicans to support clean energy, and Democratic lawmakers seek to double the state’s renewable energy standard. (Midwest Energy News, Associated Press)
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FRACKING: Oklahoma state scientists kept quiet about a link between drilling and earthquakes amid industry pressure, an Ohio bill would fast-track fracking in state parks, and an Ohio industry group opposes a proposed drilling tax increase. (EnergyWire, Columbus Dispatch, Youngstown Vindicator)
ALSO: A company that had hoped to pioneer waterless fracking in Ohio is selling off its assets. (Columbus Business First)
FRAC SAND: Officials in a Minnesota county reverse course on a proposed frac sand mining ban, failing to approve the ordinance. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
NUCLEAR: A Minnesota lawmaker seeks to overturn the state’s ban on new nuclear plants. (Forum News Service)
WIND: An Iowa researcher says turbulence from wind turbines has a positive effect on crops. (WHO-TV)
UTILITIES: A Kansas utility seeks a $125 million rate increase to cover costs related to coal and nuclear plants. (Wichita Eagle)
COAL: An Iowa utility completes a $491 million pollution and efficiency upgrade at an Ottumwa power plant. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)
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EFFICIENCY: The University of Iowa considers a $75 million combined heat and power facility. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)
COMMENTARY: Disruption doesn’t necessarily mean doom for utilities. (Forbes)
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