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Michigan regulators to continue studying in-state electric generation requirements

UTILITIES: An energy efficiency expert discusses new ways to incentivize utilities to increase spending on demand-side management. (Midwest Energy News)

GRID: Michigan regulators issue a controversial order requiring power providers to buy or produce electricity from within the state, but the companies won’t have to comply until 2022. (Bridge Magazine)

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OIL AND GAS:
• Municipal leaders in North Dakota are now answering questions about how to pay down debt after infrastructure expanded during the state’s oil boom. (Forum News Service)
• Four years after a pipeline break sent 20,000 gallons of oil across a field in North Dakota, cleanup is nearing completion. (Associated Press)
• North Dakota crude oil is seeing increased demand following hurricanes that hit Texas and Florida. (Associated Press)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: Wisconsin regulators approve a $15 million grant to build a new facility that will be powered by dairy farm manure and other waste. (Milwaukee Daily Reporter)

COAL:
• The former head of the Ohio Coal Association is now lobbying Congress as an official with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. (Columbus Dispatch)
• Michigan regulators approve Consumers Energy’s plan to divest two coal plants in the state, giving the properties to a private developer. (MLive)

SMART GRID: Ameren Illinois installs devices at multiple substations that are meant to detect problems on power lines and help prevent power outages. (Decatur Herald & Review)

RENEWABLES: A panel last week explored the potential for renewable energy development in southern Illinois. (Southern Illinoisan)

BIOFUELS: Michigan State University is leading a $10 million U.S. Energy Department grant to explore ways to boost the yield of a biofuel crop. (Associated Press)

CLIMATE: Former EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy says she is angered by the Trump administration’s attempts to dismantle climate change efforts, but that she is optimistic the power sector will continue to move toward clean energy. (RTO Insider)

GEOTHERMAL: A developer transforms two historic warehouses in Minneapolis into apartments with geothermal heating components. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

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