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CLEAN TECH: NASA’s plans to return to the moon are reviving research into fuel cells which could eventually benefit renewable energy storage and alternative-fuel vehicles. (Energy News Network)

NUCLEAR: FirstEnergy Solutions says time is running out to save its struggling nuclear plants with a state legislative bailout. (Crain’s Cleveland Business)

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SOLAR:
• A tribe in South Dakota prepares construction on a 110 MW solar project as a growing number of tribes turn to the energy source for new revenue. (Bloomberg)
• Local officials in eastern Illinois consider a proposal for a 2 MW community solar project. (Iroquois County Times-Republic)
• A southwestern North Dakota county adopts its first ordinance to regulate solar projects. (Bowman County Pioneer)

OIL & GAS:
• City officials in Duluth, Minnesota, want federal regulators to take a closer look at a chemical used in oil refining following an April 2018 explosion in neighboring Superior, Wisconsin. (Minnesota Public Radio)
• North Dakota’s oil industry grapples with the risk of lightning strikes damaging saltwater disposal sites. (Bismarck Tribune)
• The North Dakota Supreme Court rules in favor of the state in a dispute involving deductions taken from natural gas royalties. (Bismarck Tribune)

WIND: South Dakota regulators approve plans for two wind projects that will produce up to 551 MW of power once online. (Kallanish Energy)

COAL: A recent report shows the far-reaching economic impacts of the declining coal industry in Appalachian communities, underlining the need for economic diversification. (Ohio Valley Resource)

TRANSPORTATION: The Trump administration plans to issue final rules to suspend an Obama era policy that increased penalties for automakers failing to meet fuel efficiency requirements. (Reuters)

UTILITIES: Wisconsin’s four largest utilities will refund ratepayers more than $25 million thanks to lower-than-expected natural gas prices, new renewables and a strong wholesale electricity market. (Wisconsin State Journal)

BIOFUELS:
• The debate between small refiners and biofuel supporters heats up in Midwestern political swing states like Wisconsin and Michigan. (Wisconsin State Journal)
• President Trump largely escapes blame from Midwestern corn farmers and Republicans over policy changes that could hurt the ethanol industry. (Associated Press)

EFFICIENCY: An Ohio city has nearly completed a project to convert streetlights on its main thoroughfares to LEDs. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

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