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Oil production at major U.S. shale plays is on the decline

BIOMASS: Critics say ratepayers are on the hook for operating a Wisconsin biomass plant that only serves one private company. (Midwest Energy News)

ALSO: Burning wood for energy is coming under increasing pressure as a cleaner alternative to oil and gas. (MinnPost)

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OIL AND GAS:
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Oil production from the country’s most prolific tight-rock formations like Bakken and Eagle Ford is on the decline. (Bloomberg)
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A major developer in Ohio is divesting in land in the Utica shale play (Columbus Business First)
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An Iowa board will likely make a ruling on the proposed $3.8B Dakota Access Pipeline in December or January. (The Gazette)

CLEAN POWER PLAN
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A federal court has rejected the first challenge to the EPA’s proposed carbon rules. (New York Times)
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A new report says the Clean Power Plan will create nearly 100,000 more jobs than are lost. (ClimateProgress)
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An official representing state environmental agencies advises EPA to give states a day or two notice before final carbon rules are issued. (EnergyWire)

EPA: House Republicans have proposed cutting the agency’s budget by 9 percent and blocking the enforcement of key regulations. (Associated Press)

CLIMATE: A new study says the IPCC created confusion over a global-warming ‘pause’ by emphasizing record temperatures in the past decade. (ClimateWire)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES
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The Indianapolis City Council votes to sue the mayoral administration over what it says is an illegal contract to convert the city’s fleet to electric vehicles. (Governing)
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Minnesota regulators approve new rates specific to electric vehicles. (Cleantechnica)

RENEWABLES: Cheap wind energy in Michigan is saving ratepayers millions of dollars. (Cleantechnica)

BUDGET: FERC and the Obama administration say House Republicans’ energy funding plan would hinder progress on efficiency and cutting carbon. (Utility Dive)

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COMMENTARY: Defending ethanol’s role as an economic driver and alternative fuel source in Indiana. (News-Sentinel)

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