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Minnesota dairy farm prevails in transmission dispute

TRANSMISSION: Owners of a Minnesota organic dairy farm prevail in their dispute with transmission developers over the state’s “buy the farm” law, and a federal court upholds FERC’s regional grid-planning process(Minneapolis Star Tribune, Reuters)

COAL: Developers of the FutureGen coal plant say a Sierra Club permit dispute could derail the project, a coal plant near Indianapolis will be converted to natural gas, and opponents of an Illinois coal mine seek a state hearing on the project. (EnergyWire, Indianapolis Star, Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette)

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SOLAR: A surge in solar power is anticipated in Minnesota and Iowa, and center-pivot installers take an interest in an Iowa farmer’s solar-powered irrigation system. (Minneapolis Star Tribune, Cedar Rapids Gazette, Sioux City Journal)

CLIMATE: The Illinois Commerce Commission is holding public hearings on how to reduce the state’s carbon emissions. (Associated Press)

ETHANOL: While a proposed ordinance requiring E15 to be sold at most Chicago gas stations is stalled, the boating industry isn’t backing down. (Midwest Energy News)

OIL & GAS: Two cases before the Ohio Supreme Court could have a major impact on mineral rights in the state, and new testing at Alberta’s oil sands shows higher levels of air pollution. (Columbus Business First, Edmonton Journal)

TRANSPORTATION: A Wisconsin firm is among the recipients of a new round of federal funding, netting $5 million to develop technology for more efficient vehicles. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

GREEN ECONOMY: Wind and solar installations could be in the future for Michigan International Raceway as the facility seeks to reduce its environmental impact. (MLive)

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WIND: An Indiana utility announces a 15-year deal to buy power from an Illinois wind farm. (McClatchy-Tribune)

COMMENTARY: Why other states shouldn’t follow Ohio’s lead on renewable energy policy. (Boston Globe)

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