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Ohio bill would let counties bypass state wind setback rules

PIPELINES: Advocates say a push for more pipeline secrecy in Michigan could make the public less safe. (Midwest Energy News)

WIND:
• An Ohio bill would allow counties to bypass restrictive state setback rules for wind farms. (DHI Media)
• A proposed wind project would help power an Iowa ethanol plant. (Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier)

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SOLAR:
• Seven years after being enacted by voters, solar rebates may finally be coming to customers of a Missouri utility. (Midwest Energy News)
• Toledo’s transit authority awards a contract to install a solar array at its main bus garage. (Toledo Blade)
• Minnesota lawmakers debate whether to continue solar incentives. (MinnPost)
• A Minnesota town considers a 40-acre community solar project. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• Indiana co-ops may add 10 MW of solar over the next two years. (Electric Co-op Today)

GRID: Electric co-ops are taking a greater interest in energy storage. (Electric Co-op Today)

EFFICIENCY:
• Advocates say a new Indiana law leaving efficiency programs up to utilities may not save consumers money. (Associated Press)
• In Michigan, PACE financing is “too good to be true, but it is true.” (MiBiz)
• The Rockford, Illinois housing agency plans more than $7 million in efficiency upgrades, including solar panels, at 9 of its 11 developments. (Rockford Register Star)

NATURAL GAS: A new natural gas pipeline at Ohio University will help it cut coal from its energy mix. (Athens News)

OIL:
• A Kansas manufacturer delays a proposed facility to upgrade tanker cars. (Hutchinson News)
• The oil industry seeks to change its culture and attract more women to its workforce. (Minnesota Public Radio)
• Low oil prices also mean cheaper asphalt as North Dakota upgrades its roads. (Bismarck Tribune)

NUCLEAR: The Davis-Besse plant in Ohio is offline after a steam leak was discovered Saturday. (Toledo Blade)

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ETHANOL: Stronger earnings are expected for the ethanol industry as fuel demand increases. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

COMMENTARY: Why the benefits of the Clean Power Plan will outweigh the costs. (The Equation)

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