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REGULATION: Ohio’s EPA director says it’s a “very difficult environment” for electricity generators due to a host of new federal regulations. (Midwest Energy News)

• Rochester, Minnesota aims for 100 percent renewables by 2031. (Minnesota Public Radio)
• AEP is one of 11 large international power companies to jointly issue recommendations ahead of the Paris climate summit. (Columbus Business First)

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• Following the lead of other Midwest states, officials within PJM’s territory are discussing best ways for a collaborative approach to complying with the federal rules. (EnergyWire)
Part of those discussions center around the importance of carbon trading for states where it might be tougher to comply. (EnergyWire)
A North Dakota agency will develop a statewide compliance plan as the state attorney general fights the rules in court. (Bismarck Tribune)

OIL AND GAS: Unlike during an industry downturn in the past, many oil patch towns have diversified their economies to be attractive to non-energy businesses. (Forbes)

TRANSMISSION: Utility officials say a new high-voltage line connecting Minnesota and Wisconsin will improve reliability and provide a “renewable energy pipeline.” (LaCrosse Tribune)

INVESTMENT: Two Ohio counties are poised to see $2 billion in investment from companies looking to build major natural-gas and clean-energy facilities. (Youngstown Vindicator)

EMISSIONS: While carbon emissions are declining, overall greenhouse gas emissions — particularly methane — are increasing with more reliance on natural gas, a new study finds. (Climate Central)

FRAC SAND: Despite layoffs in Wisconsin amid an industry downtown, there is still demand for frac sand. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

• Strategic investors are getting harder to come by in the industry. (Wall Street Journal)
A Kansas utility will retire three units by the end of the year. (Topeka Capital-Journal)
FirstEnergy will use a technique to remove water from waste at its largest coal plant in Pennsylvania to help solve disposal problems. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

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RAIL SAFETY: Federal regulators announce new rail safety measures, including more intensive on-the-ground inspections. (Los Angeles Times)

CAPACITY AUCTION: Observers say it’s a rare move for federal regulators to be investigating a major price spike following a recent capacity auction in downstate Illinois. (Crain’s Chicago Business)

Andy Balaskovitz

Andy Balaskovitz

Andy has been a journalism fellow for Midwest Energy News since 2014, following four years at City Pulse, Lansing’s alt-weekly newspaper. He covers the state of Michigan and also compiles the Midwest Energy News daily email digest. Andy is a graduate of Michigan State University’s Journalism School, where he focused on topics covered by the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism and wrote for the Great Lakes Echo. He was the 2008 and 2009 recipient of the Edward Meeman Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Environmental Journalism at Michigan State.

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