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Illinois says FERC order hampers state clean energy policies

REGULATION: Illinois joins other states and advocates in asking federal regulators to revisit an order they say improperly intervenes in state energy policies like renewable mandates and nuclear subsidies. (Utility Dive)

GRID:
• A study shows how transmission upgrades could expand access to low-cost renewable energy, including wind from Great Plains states. (Energy News Network)
• FirstEnergy saw a 37 percent reduction in equipment-related outages after spending nearly $100 million over four years on reliability upgrades. (Toledo Blade)

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CLEAN ENERGY:
• Minnesota could meet its emission-reduction goals while lowering energy costs and tripling clean energy jobs, a report says. (WCCO)
• Rooftop solar and electric vehicle charging stations are included in plans for a 25-story building in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and a parking ramp in Fargo, North Dakota. (KCRG, KFGO)

SOLAR:
• A University of Wisconsin professor is biking 1,200 miles around the Upper Midwest to raise money for a solar energy project in Puerto Rico. (LaSalle News Tribune)
• Some Missouri residents turn to solar to lower their electricity bills. (KMBC)

PIPELINES: Federal officials order TransCanada to inspect part of the Keystone pipeline in South Dakota for potential coating problems. (Associated Press)

NATURAL GAS:
• A legal dispute between the owners of two natural gas plants set to come online in Ohio nears a resolution. (Youngstown Vindicator)
• Local officials in eastern Ohio move forward with plans for a tax abatement for a planned $1 billion natural gas plant. (Times-Reporter of Dover-New Philadelphia)

COAL:
• A court allows FirstEnergy Solutions to exit a money-losing contract related to its stake in two coal plants in Ohio and Indiana. (E&E News, subscription)
• Missouri coal producer Arch Coal reports increased sales and profits in the second quarter over the same period last year. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
• An Ohio lawmaker announces $1 million in state funding for pilot programs that “explore novel uses for coal and associated byproducts.” (Martins Ferry Times Leader)

EMISSIONS: Cummins agrees to recall 500,000 medium- and heavy-duty trucks in the U.S. to correct a faulty emissions control system in the vehicles’ engines. (Reuters)

OIL: A valve leak causes nearly 14,500 gallons of oil to spill at a site in northwestern North Dakota. (Associated Press)

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