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Farmers, wind industry group challenge Ohio setback restrictions

EFFICIENCY: A voluntary program in St. Paul, Minnesota, to reduce energy use in buildings finds more outreach is needed toward small-building owners. (Energy News Network)

• Ohio farmers and a wind industry group sue the state of Ohio, alleging a 2014 law with restrictive wind setback rules violates the state constitution. (Paulding Progress)
• A northern Ohio school board votes unanimously to oppose the planned Seneca Wind project. (Toledo Blade)

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RENEWABLES: Major tech companies’ increasing electricity needs at data centers across the U.S. are driving demand for renewable energy. (Bloomberg)

• FirstEnergy’s CEO hopes the Trump administration will continue pressing for subsidies to support struggling coal and nuclear plants. (E&E News, subscription)
• Two utilities say they will begin seeking permits next week for a planned $700 million natural gas plant in Wisconsin. (Wisconsin Public Radio)

CARBON CAPTURE: A North Dakota company seeks $15 million in state funding to help pay for a carbon capture project. (Bismarck Tribune)

ELECTION: Keystone XL pipeline opponents make electoral gains in local races in South Dakota and Nebraska. (The Intercept)

SOLAR: More than 200 mayors across all 50 states sign a letter calling for more solar power. (Utility Dive)

• Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa expects the U.S. EPA to issue fewer biofuel waivers to refiners under acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler than his predecessor Scott Pruitt. (Reuters)
• University of Michigan researchers are developing a biofuel out of algae that could drive a major reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. (WXYZ)

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OIL & GAS: North Dakota was justified in approving permits earlier this year for an oil refinery near a national park, according to state attorneys and the project developer. (Associated Press)

• Advocates release a set of recommendations for utility regulators on grid modernization spending that encourages distributed generation. (Utility Dive)
• A group of attorneys general, including Lisa Madigan of Illinois, say they will defend states’ rights to pursue clean energy in the face of federal challenges. (The Hill)

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