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Despite objections, first fracking permit issued in Illinois

FRACKING: Illinois regulators approve the first fracking permit under new state regulations, despite numerous concerns raised by advocates. (Springfield State Journal-Register, Midwest Energy News archive)

TRANSMISSION: Developers of a wind-energy transmission line recently rejected by Missouri regulators seek a rehearing. (RTO Insider)

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TECHNOLOGY: Four teams of researchers in Illinois will receive millions in federal funding to advance projects in power electronics and converting forms of electricity. (Midwest Energy News)

• Iowa lawmakers tour solar installations as advocates push for further investment in a state tax credit. (Solar Industry)
• Raising concerns about preserving farmland, a Michigan county moves to restrict solar development. (Huron Daily Tribune)
• A North Carolina developer pitches solar power to Illinois farmers. (Daily Southtown / Chicago Tribune)
• Indiana advocates urge homeowners to install solar before net metering changes take effect. (Goshen News)
• A Nebraska tribe plans to install a 300 kW solar installation. (Associated Press)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Critics note that a proposed $100 electric vehicle fee in Wisconsin will do little to help the state’s massive road-funding shortfall. (Journal Times)

WIND: A Standing Rock Sioux official says recent work with a wind developer in North Dakota could serve as a model for developing infrastructure on tribal lands. (Bismarck Tribune)

• Coal producers in North Dakota remain hopeful that the Trump administration can help revive their industry. (Forum News Service)
• An Illinois professor joins a federal advisory board on advanced coal technology. (Southern Illinoisan)

EFFICIENCY: How Michigan manufacturers are using energy efficiency to increase their competitiveness. (Crain’s Detroit Business)

UTILITIES: Critics say Michigan regulators could harm electric choice in the state by making it too expensive to buy from alternative suppliers. (MiBiz)

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• An Iowa startup offers solar-powered microgrids designed for hog farmers. (Sioux City Journal)
• A Michigan forum explores how to further advance energy production from farm waste. (Herald-Palladium)

• Two Ohio lawmakers say coal is still needed for grid reliability. (Steubenville Herald-Star)
• An analyst says “Ohio policymakers should let the marketplace decide the fate of coal plants.” (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
• The problem with utilities isn’t greed — it’s how they’re regulated and incentivized, says a writer at Vox.

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