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Petcoke piles removed along river in Chicago

PETCOKE: After years of protests by nearby residents, open petroleum coke piles have been removed from the banks of the Calumet River in Chicago. (Northwest Indiana Times)

NUCLEAR: Disagreement remains over the potential impact on rates if an Illinois nuclear plant closes. (Bloomington Pantagraph)

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BIOFUELS: As evidenced during a hearing in Kansas, wide disagreement remains over the U.S. EPA’s plan to raise ethanol standards in gasoline. (Topeka Capital-Journal)

COAL: An Ohio group opposes natural gas plant build-outs because it would negatively affect coal-related jobs in Ohio and West Virginia. (The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register)

POLICY: Energy overhaul plans are on hold in Michigan as the state Legislature breaks for several months. (MLive)

SOLAR: A Wisconsin school district is recognized for being the largest solar electricity producer among K-12 schools in the state. (Darlington Republican Journal)

PIPELINES: Construction begins on the Dakota Access oil pipeline in Iowa. (Associated Press)

EMISSIONS: An advocacy group wants an investigation into whether a major study on methane emissions was technically flawed and if pollution concerns were understated. (InsideClimate News)

RENEWABLES: Xcel Energy customers are helping fund renewable energy research in Minnesota. (St. Cloud Times)

OIL AND GAS: A new campaign is launched to attract businesses to southeast Ohio based on the area’s low natural gas prices. (Columbus Dispatch)

UTILITIES:
• Missouri regulators want utilities to work with consumer groups over changes to the ratemaking process. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
After 16 people applied, nine will be interviewed to fill a vacant seat on the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. (Columbus Business First)

STORAGE: A unit of Exelon is investing in a battery storage company. (Utility Dive)

CLIMATE: Some federal lawmakers say momentum is building in Congress for a carbon tax. (E&E Daily)

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TRANSPORTATION: Officials in Columbus, Ohio make the case for a $50 million federal grant that would help develop autonomous and electric vehicles. (Columbus Dispatch)

COMMENTARY:
• The federal government should buy all existing coal plants and retire them over the next 10 years. (Washington Post)
The former chairman and CEO of Caterpillar says when it comes to climate change and business, “Ignorance is an invitation to financial loss.” (Chicago Sun Times)
The incoming president and CEO of Consumers of Energy says Michigan’s electric choice law is putting reliability at risk. (MLive)

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