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Illinois carbon-capture project gets key approval from EPA

CARBON CAPTURE: EPA approves permits for key part of FutureGen carbon capture and sequestration project in Illinois. (Associated Press)

SOLAR: While solar deployment lags statewide, researchers in Michigan are on the frontlines of new solar technology. (Midwest Energy News)

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PIPELINE: Duke Energy, Dominion Resources and others propose $5 billion, 550-mile pipeline to deliver natural gas from Marcellus and Utica shales to southeast U.S. Opponents concerned proposed route would run through George Washington National Forest. (Associated Press, Climate Progress)

OIL: Local officials ask Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton to address safety, traffic concerns over oil-transporting trains. (Minnesota Public Radio)

COAL ASH: Report: Coal ash blamed for high rate of cancer among inmates at Pennsylvania prison, facility should be closed. (Reuters)

FRACKING: For the fourth time, Youngstown, Ohio residents will vote on ballot proposal to ban fracking there. (The Vindicator)

OIL SPILL: Halliburton agrees to pay $1.1 billion in damages for Deepwater Horizon oil spill. (New York Times)

RATES: Aluminum manufacturer says it will lay off 200 employees after Missouri Public Service Commission denies its request for lower electricity rates. For the first time in Ohio, a majority of industrial power users have switched from AEP to alternative suppliers. (Associated Press, Columbus Business First)

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UTILITY: In another round of mergers, Dublin, Ohio-based IGS Energy purchases local rival Border Energy. (Columbus Dispatch)

COMMENTARY: Five reasons why Wisconsin utility plans are bad for business. (Midwest Energy News)

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