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So far, no one is happy with Illinois fracking regulations

FRACKING: So far, neither the drilling industry nor opponents are happy with newly released Illinois fracking regulations. (Chicago Tribune)

ALSO: An Ohio well fire exposes weaknesses in the state’s emergency response network, a new natural gas processing plant will be built in Ohio after all, and a study finds workers at fracking sites may be exposed to unsafe levels of benzene. (Columbus Dispatch, Columbus Business First, NPR)

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SOLAR: A bipartisan survey finds broad support for solar power as utilities resist its spread, and a U.S. solar company seeks steep tariffs against Chinese imports. (Midwest Energy News, New York Times)

CLIMATE: China plans to roll out its carbon trading market in 2016, and an Iowa lawmaker sees a “groundswell” of support building for climate action. (Reuters, Midwest Energy News)

POLITICS: Controversy over petroleum coke piles in Detroit could influence a Michigan Senate race. (Politico)

PIPELINES: A Michigan task force begins reviewing the safety of the state’s pipeline network, and a pipeline project facing opposition in Iowa is flying under the radar in other states. (Associated Press, Forum News Service)

POLICY: A new IEA report says policy uncertainty is slowing the growth of renewable energy. (Houston Chronicle)

WIND: As wind turbines go up in rural Indiana, “the public doesn’t appear to be complaining about them“; and why wind turbines at VA hospitals — including one in Minnesota — remain idle. (Muncie Star Press, St. Cloud Times)

UTILITIES: Two Wisconsin utilities form a joint venture to potentially buy power plants in the state. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

GRID: Duke Energy plans $1.9 billion worth of grid upgrades in Indiana. (Charlotte Business Journal)

FRAC SAND: How three Iowa counties are working together to limit frac sand mining. (IowaWatch)

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GREEN ECONOMY: An Iowa community college offers hands-on training in solar technology. (Radio Iowa)

COMMENTARY: Wisconsin utilities should take the lead on solar power instead of fighting it. (Racine Journal Times)

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