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Ohio company to start strip-mining for coal in public wildlife area

SOLAR:
• One of Iowa’s major power companies has reversed course and says it will allow net metering on third-party funded projects. (Midwest Energy News)
City officials in Grand Rapids, Michigan hope to have a solar project completed in the next year that will meet most of the needs of the city’s wastewater treatment plant. (MLive)

POLLUTION:
• An interstate commission is considering extending a policy that allows power plants and other industrial polluters to exceed mercury standards when wastewater enters the Ohio River. (Midwest Energy News)
A former U.S. Supreme Court justice calls the High Court’s ruling on mercury and other air toxics in June “truly mind-boggling.” (Greenwire)

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COAL:
• An Ohio Company is about to start strip mining for coal on nearly 1,000 acres of state property in a wildlife area. (Columbus Dispatch)
Advocates want a Wisconsin utility to better capture air pollutants from coal-ash piles at a major plant before expanding it. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

DEREGULATION: Dynegy’s CEO says Ohio should stay as a deregulated market, claiming other utility executives there merely want to protect profits. (Columbus Business First)

WIND:
• Plans to tap South Dakota’s vast wind energy could face tough community-level fights over aesthetics. (Sioux Falls Argus Leader)
• Kansas is a leader nationwide in wind projects under construction. (Topeka Capital-Journal)

CLEAN POWER PLAN:
• Kansas lawmakers and advocates dispute the state’s ability to comply with the regulations, while observers say wind will play a key role in getting there. (Associated Press, Topeka Capital-Journal)
Forecasts say wind can play a major role in decreasing U.S. carbon emissions under the plan, but it still faces an uphill battle politically and economically. (EnergyWire)
A VP at a Wisconsin commerce group says the plan is a “recipe for job destruction.” (Madison Capital Times)

METHANE: Anaerobic digestion can be an important way to reduce methane emissions, but it’s yet to catch on around the country. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

CLIMATE:
• Shell Oil will drop its membership with the American Legislative Exchange Council because the group’s view on climate change is “inconsistent” with the company’s. (Washington Post)
New research shows an increased dependence on biofuels to mitigate climate change will cause water shortages. (Phys.org)

POLITICS:
• Hillary Clinton’s rhetoric on her coal-mining roots and prior support for the industry has softened since last campaigning in 2008. (Reuters)
GOP candidates avoid talking about climate change and energy policy in the opening debate. (ClimateWire)

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EFFICIENCY: A Chicago family’s path to conservation and energy efficiency starts with a passive-house design. (Crain’s Chicago Business)

COMMENTARY:
• How the Clean Power Plan stands to benefit Ohio, if residents reject the fossil-fuel industry’s “fear mongering.” (Crain’s Cleveland Business, Toledo Blade)
Cheap energy, largely due to the fracking boom, is reviving U.S. manufacturing. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

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