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Iowa wind energy ‘paramount’ to attracting Apple data centers

WIND: Apple says the large amount of wind energy developed in Iowa was “paramount” to the company’s decision to build two new data centers there. (Radio Iowa)

CONSERVATION: Advocacy groups are applauding a plan for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to acquire up to 60,000 acres of a former coal mining site from American Electric Power. (Midwest Energy News)

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• A FirstEnergy spokesperson says this week’s Department of Energy grid study is “clearly a positive development for our coal and nuclear plants” but that it’s too soon to tell whether it will assist the company’s facilities. (Columbus Dispatch)
• Despite the report’s finding, consumer advocates in Ohio remain on alert over proposed subsidies in the state legislature. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
• Federal regulators and regional grid operators say they are already working on many of the issues raised in the grid study. (RTO Insider)

• Protesters briefly shut down construction of Enbridge’s Line 3 replacement project in northern Wisconsin. (Associated Press)
• Environmental groups being sued by the Dakota Access pipeline developer say the lawsuit is an attack on free speech and an effort to punish protesters. (Associated Press)
• Attorneys for a Dakota Access protester facing trial want the venue of the case moved from North Dakota, where they argue the developer’s public relations campaign influenced the jury pool. (DeSmog Blog)

COAL: Murray Energy bonds “dropped deeper into distress” this week after the Trump administration rejected the company’s request for an emergency order that would help keep some of its power plants open. (Bloomberg)

CLIMATE: The Trump administration’s failure to reduce the government’s estimate on the social cost of carbon is slowing coal mining and natural gas pipeline projects. (ProPublica)

EFFICIENCY: The Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority in Ohio will partner with a national contractor to offer Property Assessed Clean Energy financing for energy efficiency improvements. (Toledo Blade)

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OIL AND GAS: A federal judge extends an order to allow oil drilling near a North Dakota lake as tribes appeal the site of the project. (Bismarck Tribune)

COMMENTARY: Despite health claims, a Lawrence, Kansas newspaper says the city should move forward with a plan to replace lights at various public places with LEDs. (Lawrence Journal-World)

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