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Michigan regulators approve natural gas project despite opposition

SOLAR: Michigan regulators adopt a program to replace net metering that critics call “complicated, unfair and costly.” (Midwest Energy News)

• A solar group-buying program in Wisconsin looks to expand. (Racine Journal Times)
• Officials in an Illinois county prepare solar regulations as projects surface. (Stark County News)
• Indiana State University launches a solar-powered bike-sharing program. (WFYI)

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OIL AND GAS: Michigan regulators approve a request by DTE Energy to build two natural gas turbines near Detroit despite opposition from environmental groups in southeastern Michigan. (Detroit News)

FRAC SAND: An Iowa company whose efforts to build a frac sand processing operation have been tied up in legal proceedings is now being sued for breach of contract. (La Crosse Tribune)

• Some residents speak out against a planned wind project in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. (WLUC)
• Indiana residents share their experiences of living near wind turbines. (Fort Wayne News-Sentinel)
• Hundreds attend an outreach meeting for a planned wind project in northern Ohio. (Tiffin Advertiser-Tribune)

PIPELINES: A federal judge rejects a request by tribes to be more involved in an environmental review of the Dakota Access pipeline. (Associated Press)

EMISSIONS: The American Lung Association’s annual “State of the Air” report shows “mixed results” for Michigan. (Michigan Radio)

RENEWABLES: An Illinois county considers installing solar panels or a wind turbine at a former landfill. (Rock Island Dispatch Argus)

NUCLEAR: The threat of climate change and a shifting energy portfolio makes environmental groups’ relationship with nuclear power complicated. (New York Times)

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