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Lawsuit prompted effort to cut funds for Wisconsin watchdog

WIND: Although it’s already been approved by state officials, opponents continue to fight an Ohio wind farm, with the help of the state legislature’s most outspoken critic of clean energy. (Midwest Energy News)

ALSO:Indiana is looking very attractive” for future wind development. (Indianapolis Star)

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WISCONSIN: How a legal challenge to a utility helped prompt efforts to cut funding for a state ratepayer advocate. (Madison Capital-Times)

OIL AND GAS:
• Enbridge seeks approval to replace a Minnesota pipeline with a history of failures. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• North Dakota will be allowed to intervene in a lawsuit challenging fracking rules for federal lands. (Bismarck Tribune)
• Michigan victims will receive $25 million in a settlement over leasing practices. (MLive)

SOLAR:
• A Wisconsin utility is proposing a 2 MW solar facility alongside a proposed natural gas plant. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
• A northwest Indiana program is “like a Groupon for solar.” (Post-Tribune)
• More Iowa farmers are installing solar arrays. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

NUCLEAR: More Illinois mayors voice support for a bill to aid Exelon’s nuclear plants. (Joliet Herald-News)

MICHIGAN: A Michigan business event focuses heavily on clean energy: “Renewable energy and gas, that’s where the future is.” (Detroit Free Press)

COAL: We Energies says changes to federal coal ash rules won’t affect its Oak Creek power plant. (Racine Journal Times)

TRANSMISSION: Additional routes are being considered for a proposed transmission line between northern Minnesota and Manitoba. (Duluth News Tribune)

EFFICIENCY:
• Grand Rapids joins a national campaign to cut energy use in central business districts. (MLive)
• A federal court upholds EPA efficiency rules for heavy trucks. (The Hill)

ETHANOL: A report says 15 percent ethanol blends could help Illinois cut carbon emissions. (Biofuels Digest)

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TRANSPORTATION: The St. Louis transit agency tests an electric bus. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

COMMENTARY:
• Illinois should prioritize renewable energy, not Exelon’s nuclear plants. (Chicago Sun-Times)
• Michigan regulators are failing to protect a Detroit neighborhood from pollution. (Detroit News)
• Ohio taxpayers aren’t getting their fair share of the state’s oil and gas boom. (Cincinnati Enquirer)
• Minnesota should remember when clean energy was bipartisan. (MinnPost)

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