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Study raises new climate concerns about ethanol boom

BIOFUELS: A Wisconsin study finds plowing new farmland for biofuel production from 2008-2012 released carbon emissions equivalent to 20 million new cars on the road. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

• Illinois solar developments are concerned about uncertainty over renewable energy credit pricing, but are overall optimistic about the state’s energy plan. (Midwest Energy News)
• A Wisconsin businessman creates a fund to help nonprofits install solar power. (Milwaukee Public Radio)

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• Missouri’s largest wind farm is online after a year of construction and can generate enough electricity to power 100,000 homes. (Kansas City Business Journal)
• A Minnesota utility receives more than $8 million in economic incentives from South Dakota for wind farm construction. (Watertown Public Opinion)
• Whirpool announces plans for three new wind turbines at its plant in Greenville, Ohio. (Herald-Palladium)
• Citizens in an Illinois county urge local officials to impose tougher restrictions on wind development. (Ford County Record)
• A new Nebraska wind farm is expected to produce $80 million in local tax revenue and landowner payments in its first 20 years. (Sioux City Journal)

GRID: A study finds almost all customers of an Illinois utility would have saved money with real-time pricing. (Utility Dive)

FRACKING: Documents show the EPA allowed chemicals with known health risks to be used in hydraulic fracturing. (Marketplace)

• A study finds water use in North Dakota’s oil patch increased almost 20-fold from 2008 to 2014. (Bismarck Tribune)
• As oil production increased, natural gas flaring in the oil patch exceeded state limits in September. (Associated Press, Bismarck Tribune)

FINANCE: The Missouri Department of Energy announces $5.1 million in loans for efficiency and renewable energy projects at public facilities. (news release)

• General Motors says its next generation of electric cars will be 30 percent cheaper to produce and exceed 300 miles of range. (Associated Press)
• Tesla’s first retail location in Michigan is now open. (Inside EVs)
• Officials in Illinois are increasingly concerned about how to pay for highways as gasoline tax revenue falls. (BGA)

POLLUTION: A massive Iowa feedlot plans to produce biogas from manure and other waste, but neighbors and advocates raise concerns about pollution risks. (Des Moines Register)

BIOMASS: The Milwaukee Zoo tests biomass as an alternative to coal for its steam-powered train. (Biomass Magazine)

COAL: Illinois announces plans for an off-road vehicle trail system atop a recovered strip mine. (Southern Illinoisan)

• Students at the University of Missouri protest the school’s investment in fossil fuels. (Columbia Tribune)
• Four protesters were arrested at an Enbridge pipeline construction site in Superior, Wisconsin. (Duluth News Tribune)

COMMENTARY: A columnist stays Michigan businesses need to speak out about the risks posed by the Line 5 pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac. (Detroit News)

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