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Ohio nuclear plant reopens after 44-day shutdown

UTILITIES: Michigan’s largest municipal utility has laid out a 20-year roadmap to respond to 80 percent of its coal portfolio being retired, a process lawmakers want to adopt for all utilities statewide. (Midwest Energy News)

NUCLEAR: The Davis-Besse nuclear plant in Ohio is operating again after a 44-day shutdown to install new emergency safety measures. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

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FRACKING: U.S. Geological Survey researchers say chemicals from fracking wastewater can negatively impact nearby freshwater sources. (Washington Post)

BIOFUELS: Researchers at the University of Illinois have been granted another round of funding by the federal government to commercialize “ultra-productive” biofuel crops. (Phys.org)

RENEWABLES: A Duluth, Minnesota-based utility aims to have a one-third renewable portfolio in the coming years. (Duluth News Tribune)

FRAC SAND:
• A Wisconsin appeals court upholds a decision to reject a frac-sand mining permit. (Associated Press)
While industry officials say frac sand mining in Wisconsin is poised for a rebound, not all operations will survive. (LaCrosse Tribune)

SOLAR:
• Local officials approve their part in what will be South Dakota’s largest solar installation. (Pierre Capital Journal)
• Michigan, Wisconsin and Indiana are ranked among the top 10 worst states for solar development based on their potential. (Mother Jones)
Local planners consider installing solar panels along a highway reconfiguration project in suburban Chicago. (Pioneer Press)

WIND:
As a Missouri wind farm moves forward with construction, opponents continue to fight the project. (St. Joseph News-Press)
Opponents of a Wisconsin wind farm push local officials to reject a report that failed to find evidence supporting their health claims. (Green Bay Press-Gazette)

TRANSMISSION: Wisconsin-based American Transmission Co. receives approval for a corporate restructuring that will make it easier for the company to develop projects outside the state. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

NATURAL GAS: The Illinois Attorney General reaches an $18.5 million settlement with Peoples Gas and its former parent company for misleading consumers about the cost of a gas main replacement program in Chicago. (CBS Chicago)

OIL AND GAS:
• Another sign of the declining oil industry in North Dakota: Strip clubs are being forced to close in one of the first boomtowns. (Grand Forks Herald)
As much as a third of Canada’s oil output was offline as a result of a wildfire that started last week and it will ramp back up again only when it’s “absolutely safe.” (Associated Press)
North Dakota regulators will start public hearings today on a proposed 42-mile, $55 million oil pipeline through the state. (Associated Press)

COAL:
• Multiple major coal companies that have recently declared bankruptcy were able to meet their tax obligations in a Wyoming county. (Gillette News Record)
St. Louis-based mining company Foresight Energy struggles to recoup revenue amid the coal industry decline. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
A proposed bill in Illinois would provide incentives to more cleanly burn coal. (Peoria Journal Star)

OIL BY RAIL: The U.S. Senate passes a bill to increase training efforts for first responders to rail car accidents involving hazardous materials. (The Hill)

STORAGE: An oil and gas major’s recent acquisition of a battery storage and renewable energy company suggests fossil fuel companies may be growing interested in clean tech. (EnergyWire)

COMMENTARY:
• Competition provisions in proposed energy policy in Michigan would “create a bidding system for new generation that will be entirely controlled by the utilities.” (MLive)
Legislative attacks in Minnesota seek to curb Clean Power Plan work and energy efficiency mandates. (Union of Concerned Scientists)

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