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Iowa landowners hope Dakota Access pipeline isn’t a ‘done deal’

SOLAR: In a victory for solar advocates, a Wisconsin judge rejects a utility’s plan for fees on customers with solar installations that critics say undermined distributed generation. (Midwest Energy News)

EFFICIENCY:
• On-bill financing is spreading among Midwest utilities as a way to help utility customers pay for costly efficiency upgrades. (Midwest Energy News)
Officials in Dubuque, Iowa are building momentum behind efficiency and renewable projects as the city competes for a $5 million energy prize. (Telegraph Herald)

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CLEAN POWER PLAN: Illinois officials say the state is preparing a plan to comply with the federal rules. (Associated Press)

ETHANOL:
• DuPont opens the country’s largest cellulosic ethanol plant in Iowa. (Biofuels Digest)
A $3.4 million grant will help distribute high-content ethanol more broadly in Ohio. (Columbus Dispatch)

FOSSIL FUELS: Experts warn that a widespread shift to clean energy could lead to an “economic jolt” resulting in significant stranded assets. (ClimateWire)

PIPELINE: Iowa landowners are concerned that a company’s gaining access to their property for a planned oil pipeline is already a “done deal.” (Sioux City Journal)

OHIO: FirstEnergy executives expect Ohio regulators to reach a settlement early next year on the utility’s proposed long-term power purchase agreement. (Columbus Business First)

OIL AND GAS:
• Sunken ships, including five in the Great Lakes, are a growing pollution concern. (Associated Press)
Metro Detroit residents are concerned about potential drilling activity affecting their properties. (WXYZ-TV)

BIOMASS: Local officials approve $26 million in public funding for a northern Minnesota plant that would turn woody biomass into cellulosic sugars that would become the building blocks of different products. (Pioneer Press)

POLLUTION: Ohio’s attorney general joins more than a dozen AGs from other states in telling the EPA that its new stream pollution rules will hurt the mining industry. (Associated Press)

COAL:
• The last shipment of coal is expected to come in by freighter this month to a west Michigan plant that’s soon to be closed. (MLive)
Residents in an eastern Michigan city are allowed to buy up parcels of a former coal mine as part of a plan to redevelop the blighted property. (MLive)

BATTERIES:
• Progress on getting energy storage to the right performance and price targets has been “frustratingly slow,” but many hope it will ultimately make renewables competitive with fossil fuels. (ClimateWire)
An Iowa utility is turning to battery-powered trucks for some of its fleet to save fuel costs. (Radio Iowa)

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VOLKSWAGEN SCANDAL: A new MIT study says the automaker’s cheating on emissions tests will lead to 60 premature deaths in the U.S., though recalling vehicles will prevent hundreds more. (MLive)

COMMENTARY:
• A Michigan lawmaker says expanding the state’s electric choice market will save ratepayers and taxpayers money. (MLive)
Minnesota needs to develop a more robust public policy to expand the use of combined heat and power. (MinnPost)
Energy companies are not to blame for diverting nuclear site clean-up funds for storage. (Racine Journal Times)

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