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How Ohio shifted to policies that support fossil fuels

SOLAR: The Dawah Islamic Center in Milwaukee is pursuing solar energy as a way to build connections in the community and understanding among faith-based groups. (Midwest Energy News)

CLEAN ENERGY:
• A look at how Ohio went from encouraging the clean energy sector to policies that support fossil fuels. (InsideClimate News)
• St. Louis becomes the 47th U.S. city to commit to a 100 percent clean energy goal. (Grist)

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PIPELINES:
• Enbridge says it knew of damage to its Line 5 pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac in 2014 but did not disclose it to state officials because the company did not deem it a safety concern. (Detroit News)
• A Minnesota lawmaker wants tighter restrictions on arts funding after a former resident used state funding to create a video game that he says targets pipelines. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

WIND: High wind speeds last week helped one Iowa utility produce enough renewable energy for all of its customers. (Associated Press)

GRID: A new study says establishing a grid connection between Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and Canada would cost more than it’s worth. (Associated Press)

POLICY: A Department of Energy plan to prop up coal and nuclear plants will cost U.S. taxpayers $10.6 billion a year, according to a new analysis. (Guardian)

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REGULATION: North Dakota’s attorney general says EPA administrator Scott Pruitt’s recent closed-door meeting with state officials did not violate the state’s open meetings law. (Associated Press)

UTILITIES:
• While FirstEnergy supports the Department of Energy’s proposal to help coal and nuclear plants, it still plans to sell off its merchant generation fleet. (RTO Insider)
• Vistra Energy will buy Dynegy in an all-stock deal worth $1.74 billion. (Reuters)

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