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Tribal election could impact North Dakota oil industry

ELECTION: A tribal election could have a major impact on North Dakota’s oil industry. (Energywire)

ALSO: Why American Electric Power’s PACs are spending less money this election. (Columbus Business First)

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COAL: The long-idled Spiritwood plant in North Dakota begins operation, and an Illinois coal regulator is back on the job after successfully fighting his termination. (Minneapolis Star Tribune, Carbondale Southern Illinoisan)

EFFICIENCY: A group in Chicago sells landlords on the benefits of energy efficiency, and a Michigan retailer adapts to the future of light bulbs. (Midwest Energy News, MLive)

UTILITIES: Utility executives disagree on the future of transmission, Constellation closes its merger with Integrys Energy Services, and where will Michigan go next after coal plants retire? (Smart Grid News, Baltimore Business Journal, Model D Media)

HYDROPOWER: A Minnesota county considers whether to remove or renovate old dams. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: An Indiana city enters a deal to convert municipal sewage into diesel fuel. (Terre Haute Tribune Star)

TRANSMISSION: A new wind-energy transmission line opens in Kansas. (Wichita Eagle)

TRANSPORTATION: The Twin Cities’ bike-share service considers year-round operation. (Minnesota Public Radio)

COMMENTARY: Crain’s says Exelon’s “market solution” to help its nuclear plants is self-serving, while the U.S. Chamber says nuclear power is key to Illinois’ clean-energy future. (Crain’s Chicago Business, Springfield State Journal-Register)

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