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Ohio looks to use reclaimed coal mine land for public recreation

STORAGE: Researchers in Illinois say the battery storage industry is becoming more personalized to meet individual energy needs. (Midwest Energy News)

SOLAR: Advocates say two Iowa utilities’ proposals for solar net metering programs don’t meet a directive to encourage more distributed generation in the state. (Midwest Energy News)

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COAL:
• A proposed federal bill to protect benefits for retired coal miners divides coal-state Republicans. (Associated Press)
• Ohio officials look to turn vast tracts of land formerly used for coal mining into recreational use for the public. (Toledo Blade)
• More than $1 million in federal aid will go to retrain laid off coal workers in Ohio. (The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register)

WIND: A 200-megawatt wind project in Missouri is scheduled to be finished in November. (St. Joseph News-Press)

PIPELINES:
• It’s unclear how Enbridge’s decision to suspend its plans for the Sandpiper project will affect landowners who were sued over access to their land. (Forum News Service)
• Tribal officials say Dakota Access construction crews destroyed burial and cultural sites on private land in southern North Dakota. (Associated Press)

REGULATION:
• A federal appeals court will review the extent to which federal regulators oversee wholesale electricity capacity rates. (Greenwire)
• Wisconsin manufacturers want to be able to exercise electric choice due to the state’s relatively high rates. (RTO Insider)

NUCLEAR:
• Federal nuclear regulators cite an Ohio plant owned by FirstEnergy for failing to provide accurate medical information of its workers. (Toledo Blade)
• The future of a Michigan nuclear plant will be discussed this week by a key group that advises federal nuclear regulators. (Toledo Blade)

OIL AND GAS:
• A wastewater injection well at the center of a dispute in Ohio must remain closed as the legal case proceeds. (Associated Press)
• Missouri regulators say a St. Louis-based natural gas utility increased rates to fund acquisitions. (St. Louis Business Journal)

UTILITIES:
• AEP says it is close to the final stages of selling coal and natural gas plants in Ohio. (Columbus Business First)
• Wisconsin-based WEC Energy Group is attempting to buy a former industrial site near downtown Milwaukee for redevelopment. (Milwaukee Business Journal)

GRID: Regional grid operator MISO looks to close down an Upper Peninsula generating facility and end System Support Resource payments that would save area ratepayers millions of dollars a year. (Marquette Mining Journal)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: German carmaker Daimler plans to roll out between six and nine new electric vehicle models to compete with Tesla and Volkswagen. (Reuters)

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POLITICS: Observers say Hillary Clinton should openly tackle climate and energy issues affecting coal and gas swing states like Ohio. (Washington Examiner)

COMMENTARY: We Energies says its customers will benefit from better reliability and lower rates in the future after planned infrastructure investments. (Racine Journal Times)

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