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Records show Ohio parks, forests vulnerable to drilling

OHIO: Records show that thousands of acres of state parks and forests in Ohio could be opened up to mining and drilling. (Columbus Dispatch)

MICHIGAN: Michigan’s U.S. Senators call on federal regulators to delay a rate increase to keep an Upper Peninsula power plant running (more background information here). (Associated Press)

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WIND: An Iowa engineer says switching from steel to concrete is the solution for taller wind turbines, and a bill in Michigan would add wind farms to the state’s Right to Farm Act. (Midwest Energy News, Michigan Capitol Confidential)

WISCONSIN: Recent changes in state law limit the public’s ability to comment on frac sand mining an other developments. (Madison Capital Times)

COAL: A Wisconsin man sues We Energies, alleging health impacts from a Milwaukee-area coal plant; and Midwest power plants continue to face low coal supplies as winter approaches. (Racine Journal Times, Energywire)

SOLAR: SolarCity’s CEO says “there is no cost” to solar power for homeowners, and a Lincoln, Nebraska utility says it will finalize its community solar plans in December. (InsideClimate News, Lincoln Journal Star)

OIL: A wellhead failure in North Dakota leaks hundreds of barrels of oil and brine; as of Friday workers were still trying to contain it. (Associated Press)

NUCLEAR: The nuclear industry weighs keeping reactors online for as long as 80 years. (New York Times)

BIOFUELS: Biofuel producers look for markets beyond motor fuels. (New York Times)

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EPA: Advocacy and industry groups say renewable energy should play a stronger role in EPA carbon reduction plans. (Greentech Media)

COMMENTARY: Don’t overestimate the value of energy storage. (Greentech Media)

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