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Developer unexpectedly withdraws application for 200 MW South Dakota wind project

CLIMATE: A Republican mayor from an Indianapolis suburb has focused on urban design as a way to decrease transportation emissions and mitigate climate change. (Midwest Energy News)

WIND:
• In an “unexpected” move, the developer of a planned 200-megawatt wind project in South Dakota withdraws its application for a state permit. (Rapid City Journal)
• Republican U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa says a hypothetical President Donald Trump could try and get rid of wind energy “over my dead body.” (Yahoo News)

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OIL AND GAS: Carbon dioxide emissions from burning natural gas for electricity are expected to be 10 percent greater than those from coal in 2016. (Climate Central)

PIPELINES:
• A Wisconsin agency gives Enbridge approval to replace and expand a 14-mile segment of pipeline that crosses wetlands and waterways. (Wisconsin State Journal)
• A group of pipeline opponents in Iowa say the Dakota Access project would threaten the state’s water supply. (WHO-TV)
• Civil rights groups say a stretch of highway along the North and South Dakota border being occupied by pipeline protesters could be safely reopened. (Associated Press)

COAL:
• Some Indiana coal miners are eligible to apply for unemployment benefits, health insurance and job search allowances under a federal assistance program. (WIBQ)
• The largest reduction in coal burning by U.S. universities since 2008 has come from schools in Indiana, Michigan and Missouri. (Houston Chronicle)

TRANSMISSION: A Missouri town is the latest to sign up for long-term transmission service from the proposed Grain Belt Express Clean Line project, which is still waiting approval from state regulators. (Missouri Times)

SOLAR: A Minnesota nature center upgrades its aging solar array and adds the latest in storage technology. (KDAL)

POLICY: Former two-term Democratic governor of Michigan Jennifer Granholm is angling to take her clean energy policy positions to a top administration job for Hillary Clinton. (Greenwire)

POLLUTION: Researchers are studying the potential link between pollution from coal, oil and gas and elevated cases of tumors found in Wisconsin fish. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: General Motors is partnering with the U.S. Army on developing an off-road electric fuel cell vehicle. (MLive)

POLITICS:
• Ohio coal country residents say Donald Trump supports them more than any other presidential candidate has so far. (IdeaStream)
• A new ad ties former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland to comments about ending the coal industry amid a tight U.S. Senate race. (Columbus Dispatch)

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FUEL ECONOMY: With two procedures to measure fuel economy in vehicles, the result is a confusing difference between what consumers are told and what the government says it requires of automakers. (Greenwire)

COMMENTARY: Absent from the debate over nuclear power plant subsidies are the costs borne by the public from decommissioning plants and storing waste at sites. (Utility Dive)

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