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Iowa regulators approve nation’s largest wind project

WIND: Iowa regulators sign off on a 2 GW wind project, expected to be the nation’s largest. (Associated Press)

COAL:
• A recent court decision on pollution violations is the latest blow for a troubled Illinois coal plant. (Midwest Energy News)
• Advocates say Peabody Energy’s proposed settlement to fund mine cleanup still falls short but is a better deal than other states have seen. (St. Louis Public Radio)

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PIPELINES: A standoff protesting the Dakota Access pipeline in North Dakota is drawing Native American activists from all over the country. (Los Angeles Times)

OIL AND GAS:
• Drilling permits in Michigan are at their lowest level in 90 years amid low prices. (Detroit News)
• Activists continue to organize against fracking in southern Illinois. (Daily Egyptian)
• Businesses in Ohio are preparing for economic activity related to drilling to pick up again. (Zanesville Times Recorder)

SOLAR:
• The rapid growth of solar power could be facing a slowdown, according to a new report. (Utility Dive)
• Churches in northwest Indiana install solar panels to help fulfill their role “as stewards taking care of what God has created.” (Chicago Tribune)
• A Minnesota tribe completes a $2.2 million solar installation. (Pine Journal)
• A Minnesota town considers investing in community solar. (Faribault Daily News)

UTILITIES: Missouri regulators cancel hearings on a proposed merger after intervenors’ concerns appear to be resolved. (Joplin Globe)

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TECHNOLOGY: A Milwaukee clean energy research consortium plans a new round of training classes starting this fall. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

COMMENTARY:
• The coal industry “needs to remain nimble” to continue benefiting southern Illinois. (Carbondale Southern Illinoisan)
• Why used electric car batteries may not be the end-all solution for grid storage. (Vox)

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