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Storage growth leads grid operator to consider rule changes

RENEWABLES:
• A pair of recent reports show the costs of complying with renewable energy standards in Ohio were significantly lower than previously thought. (Midwest Energy News)
More than 20 percent of Ohio University’s total energy load is now powered by renewables. (The Athens News)

STORAGE: As the number of energy storage projects grows, grid operator MISO is developing a policy that factors such projects into tariffs. (RTO Insider)

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OIL AND GAS:
• North Dakota regulators have been directed to provide written documentation on why oil companies regularly get reduced fines in the event of oil and saltwater spills. (Bismarck Tribune)
In what is believed to be a first for a North Dakota regulatory commission, officials vote to seize 800 barrels of oil they say a company illegally produced. (Bismarck Tribune)

PIPELINES: North Dakota regulators move closer to a vote on the state’s portion of the Dakota Access pipeline, though one commissioner recuses himself because it would pass through a relative’s property. (The Gazette)

OHIO: An Ohio manufacturers trade group says two utilities’ income guarantee requests mean customers would effectively pay twice for power generation. (Dayton Daily News)

CLIMATE: Major oil companies are still vague or unresponsive when asked about the Paris agreement’s long-term impacts on their business. (ClimateWire) 

TRANSMISSION:
• Developers clear a permitting hurdle as part of a project to bring hydroelectric power from Canada to northeast Minnesota. (Hibbing Daily Tribune)
• Grid operator MISO begins its first-ever competitively bid transmission expansion project to relieve congestion in southern Indiana. (RTO Insider)

BIOFUELS: A group of biofuel trade associations files a petition with the U.S. Court of Appeals asking for a review of the EPA’s ability to reduce biofuel standards. (Reuters)

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VW SCANDAL: Volkswagen executives apologize at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, vowing to “win back trust” in the company following last year’s emissions scandal. (Columbus Business First)

COMMENTARY: The Environmental Defense Fund says Ohio regulators should reject AEP’s “bailout” request in Ohio because it creates an unfair playing field for fossil fuels. (Energy Exchange)

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