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IOWA: More than 100 renewable energy projects have been approved for production tax credits but aren’t operating, forcing other developers to wait in line. (Midwest Energy News)

SOLAR:
• Some developers in Minnesota claim Xcel Energy is violating previous agreements by taking too long to approve or deny community solar projects. (Midwest Energy News)
• Alliant Energy’s Iowa utility looks to increase its solar generation by 50 percent. (Des Moines Register)

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OIL BY RAIL: More trains carrying crude oil from North Dakota are being rerouted through densely populated areas of Minneapolis, records show. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

RENEWABLES: A new report shows that, globally, onshore wind and solar are nearly in line with the price of natural gas and coal. (Washington Post)

WIND: An Amazon executive says Ohio is a key supplier in growing the wind industry due to its manufacturing capabilities. (Columbus Business First)

FRACKING: Local election officials in Ohio are upset that supporters of an anti-fracking initiative questioned the results of a similar ballot proposal in 2014. (Youngstown Vindicator)

PIPELINES:
• The “prospect of losing” an eminent domain fight in state court led TransCanada to seek Keystone XL pipeline approval from Nebraska regulators, experts say. (Associated Press)
North Dakota regulators are assured of safety measures being taken by a company with a pipeline running beneath a lake. (Bismarck Tribune)

NUCLEAR: As a disaster plan is publicized, local officials near St. Louis are downplaying the risk of a slow-burning fire at a landfill being located near buried nuclear waste. (Associated Press)

EFFICIENCY:
• Some major universities are cutting their emissions and saving millions by switching from steam to hot water in their energy systems. (ClimateWire)
One study ranks Ohio in the middle of the pack among the most energy efficient states. (Dayton Business Journal)

OIL AND GAS:
• A new EIA forecast shows Midwest households can expect heating costs for natural gas to drop 14 percent compared to last year due to a mild winter and ample supplies. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
Parts of eastern Ohio saw some of the highest GDP growth in the country last year due to shale development. (Columbus Business First)

BATTERIES: A West Michigan company looks to fill a niche market by supplying advanced batteries to small companies. (MLive)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: An Ohio town moves closer to bringing in an electric vehicle manufacturer. (Youngstown Vindicator)

COMMENTARY: An Ohio regulatory commission should finally institute a ban created to curb the flow of mercury from coal plants and other industries into the Ohio River. (Cincinnati Enquirer)

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