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Ohio utility continues backing away from unregulated power plants

UTILITIES: American Electric Power takes a $2.3 billion write-down of its Ohio coal plants, citing the state’s “deregulation debacle.” (Columbus Business First)

• Amazon announces plans for a second wind farm in Ohio. (Columbus Dispatch)
• A public hearing this week will discuss a proposed offshore wind farm in Lake Erie. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

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SOLAR: A dispute between developers and Minnesota’s largest utility over a technical standard could delay several of community solar projects in the state. (Midwest Energy News)

• President Obama says the Army Corps is looking for ways to reroute the Dakota Access pipeline. (Washington Post)
• Documents show Dakota Access failed to promptly notify state regulators after discovering tribal artifacts during construction. (Associated Press)
• The head of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe says protests against the pipeline will continue through the winter. (Reuters)
• North Dakota officials borrow an additional $4 million to cover law enforcement costs, and say it is “very disturbing” the federal government isn’t doing more to help. (Associated Press)
• An 81-year-old farmer hosts a protest camp on her land in Iowa in the path of the pipeline. (WHO-TV)

• Amid bankruptcy, Peabody Energy still paid $1.2 million to federal lobbyists this year. (McClatchy)
• An Indiana utility files plans to cut its coal units down to 50 percent of its generation, down from 90 percent just six years ago. (Northwest Indiana Times)

• The USDA announces $3.6 billion in loans to fund rural infrastructure projects. (Transmission & Distribution World)
Construction is completed on a new transmission line in northeast Iowa. (Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier)

OIL AND GAS: A judge will hear arguments this week over Ohio’s authority to regulate wastewater injection wells. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY: A fact-check of arguments against the Clean Power Plan. (The Hill)

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