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U.S., Canada announce new rules for crude oil trains

EFFICIENCY: As Ohio’s Energy Mandates Study Committee takes up energy efficiency this week, data continue to show the programs are cost-effective for ratepayers. (Midwest Energy News)

TECHNOLOGY: Tesla announced Friday that its in-home battery, called the Powerwall, would sell for $3,500. (New York Times)

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OIL TRAINS:
The U.S. and Canada announce new regulations for trains carrying crude oil, industry and safety advocates immediately push back. (Greenwire, New York Times)

OIL AND GAS:
• A USGS report shows injection wells pose an earthquake risk for Ohio. (Columbus Dispatch)
• South Dakota regulators will hold a hearing on an expired Keystone XL permit in July. (Rapid City Journal)
• Slowdowns in drilling and mining are hitting Midwest heavy equipment manufacturers. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

SOLAR: An Iowa co-op is second among all U.S. utilities for the amount of solar power it generates per customer. (Electric Co-op Today)

UTILITIES:
• Why pay for ComEd’s CEO is tied to Exelon’s nuclear plants. (Crain’s Chicago Business)
• FirstEnergy says it will focus on “customer service-driven regulated growth.” (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

POLLUTION: A court strikes down an EPA rule change that would have let diesel backup generators run more often. (SNL)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY:
• How food waste from a Cleveland stadium is turned into energy. (New York Times)
• A landfill gas system is earning a Nebraska utility thousands of dollars for emissions credits. (Lincoln Journal Star)

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GRID: A Kansas company commissions the state’s first microgrid. (FierceEnergy)

COMMENTARY:
• Cutting funds for a Wisconsin consumer advocate will save ratepayers pennies but cost them millions. (Wisconsin State Journal)
• Exelon has a history of opposing clean energy. (Huffington Post)
• Did Tesla just kill nuclear power? (Forbes)

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