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Ohio city to roll out fleet of hydrogen fuel cell buses

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COAL ASH: Advocates are concerned that erosion along an Illinois river could lead to leakage from a nearby coal ash storage site, and a remedy appears to fall within a regulatory gray area. (Midwest Energy News)

TRANSPORTATION: Canton, Ohio will be the first city in the state to roll out a fleet of hydrogen fuel cell buses. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

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CLEAN TECH: A California venture capitalist will be in Minnesota this week to discuss “impact investing” in clean-tech firms that drive positive social change. (Midwest Energy News)

OIL AND GAS:
• A Wisconsin judge rules that a county can’t revisit a permit it granted to Enbridge for an oil-pumping station to add more conditions. (Wisconsin State Journal)
• The CEO of North Dakota’s largest oil producer says an impasse between tribes and the Dakota Access pipeline developer could be resolved through more economic opportunities given to tribes. (Reuters)
• Despite climate risks, utilities across the country are betting big on natural gas infrastructure and generation. (Utility Dive)

POLICY: Another legislative proposal in Ohio would cut the state’s clean energy standards by up to half. (Columbus Business First)

SOLAR: Several major companies in Minnesota are lining up to purchase electricity from community solar projects. (Associated Press)

CLIMATE:
• Experts say the world has perhaps permanently exceeded the atmospheric carbon dioxide threshold of 400 parts-per-million, “never to return below it in our lifetimes.” (Climate Central)
• One of the chief climate change skeptics in Congress wants the White House to provide evidence that global warming is indeed a national security threat. (ClimateWire)
• “Notably absent” from Monday’s presidential debate was a thorough discussion about climate change. (Climate Central)

TRANSMISSION:
• Utilities and transmission companies celebrate the completion of the last section of the CapX2020 project connecting South Dakota and Wisconsin. (Wisconsin Public Radio)
• Utilities in Wisconsin and Iowa are narrowing potential routes for a high-voltage transmission line between the two states. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: A USDA grant will help study the feasibility of reusing a retired coal plant site in Minnesota for a waste-to-fuel facility. (Electric Light & Power)

EFFICIENCY: Missouri and Michigan were two of three most-improved states on a new national energy efficiency scorecard. (St. Louis Business Journal)

UTILITIES: Days ahead of a planned public hearing with state regulators, an Ohio utility withdraws a proposed electric reliability fee in exchange for a different “distribution and modernization” charge. (WHIO)

POLITICS: Two U.S. Senate candidates in Wisconsin differ widely on environmental policy, including the Clean Power Plan. (Wisconsin Public Radio)

CLEAN POWER PLAN:
• On the opening day of oral arguments, conservative judges question whether such broad air regulations should be set by Congress. (Greenwire)
• Wisconsin’s solicitor general is among those arguing against the rules before the court. (Wisconsin Law Journal)

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ELECTRIC CHOICE: Illinois regulators pass new rules requiring alternative electric suppliers to notify customers when rates increase significantly. (WLS-TV)

COMMENTARY: Two former U.S. EPA administrators who served under Republicans “strongly support” the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan. (New York Times)

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