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Iowa retail chain makes push for solar at its stores

MICROGRIDS: The rise of microgrid technology in Illinois shows parallels to the recent evolution in telecommunications. (Midwest Energy News)

SOLAR:
• A consignment store chain in Iowa expects to save $75,000 a year on electricity bills by installing solar panels at two of its stores. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)
• Community solar projects are increasingly accessible for more residents, including renters and apartment dwellers. (Bloomberg)

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PIPELINES:
• Iowa landowners want state regulators to investigate possible permit violations by the developer of the Dakota Access pipeline during its construction; company officials deny the claims. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)
• A federal judge in North Dakota has ordered protesters not to interfere with construction of the Dakota Access pipeline. (KCCI-TV)
• Royal Dutch Shell wants to build a 94-mile pipeline to move ethane through Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. (Pittsburgh Business Times)

CLIMATE:
• The Obama administration announces fuel-efficiency standards to reduce emissions from heavy-duty trucks and other large vehicles as part of a climate change goal focused on transportation. (New York Times)
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Advocates debate whether existing technologies can help solve climate change problems or whether a major “breakthrough” is necessary. (ClimateWire)

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE:
• Southeast Michigan residents say their civil rights are being violated due to ongoing air pollution from fossil fuels in the area. (The Voice)
• The state will monitor air quality in a Detroit neighborhood after input from community members. (Associated Press)

ILLINOIS: An out-of-state alternative energy supplier operating in Illinois may issue millions of dollars in rebates to customers over misleading claims about the source of its electricity. (Crain’s Chicago Business)

BIOMASS: Energy production from burning wood is slumping as the industry and the U.S. EPA spar over its emission impacts. (Climate Central)

REGULATION: The Michigan Senate will meet in early September to consider the appointment of a former BP lobbyist as head of the state’s Department of Environmental Quality. (Associated Press)

COAL:
• The University of Missouri’s campus power plant has steadily burned less coal since 2008, giving way to more biomass and natural gas. (Columbia Missourian)
• A new report says major coal lobbying groups have been steadily losing member companies in recent years. (Grist)

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MERGER: The list of entities intervening in a proposed $12.2 billion merger between Great Plains Energy and Westar Energy continues to grow. (Topeka Capital-Journal)

OIL AND GAS:
• The CEO of a Minnesota-based oil and gas company is fired after federal regulators indicate he may have violated securities laws. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• An Ohio resident is speaking out against a plan to inject fracking waste into a well near her home and a nearby airport. (Youngstown Vindicator)

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