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Utilities in Indiana and Ohio see benefits of energy storage despite lack of policy

GRID: A researcher at the Illinois Institute of Technology is developing a potentially game-changing power converter that better manages the way renewable energy generation interacts with the grid. (Midwest Energy News)

STORAGE: Utilities in Indiana and Ohio rank high for the amount of energy storage connected to their systems in 2016, even though there hasn’t been a legislative push in those states to promote the technology. (Utility Dive)

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PIPELINES: One year after Dakota Access pipeline protests began, tribal leaders say “Standing Rock is stronger for what happened last year and that tribal members are engaged and focused on helping build the future.” (Minnesota Public Radio)

FRAC SAND: Last-minute changes to the state budget in Wisconsin would strip local control over regulating quarries, which some fear could be easily expanded to include frac sand mines. (LaCrosse Tribune)

CLEAN ENERGY: Recent legislation and private investments suggest that the clean energy workforce in Illinois will continue to grow. (Midwest Energy News)

• Residents in a Wisconsin county continue to debate whether wind turbines have negative health impacts. (WBAY)
• The permitting process is moving forward for a 44.6-megawatt wind project in southwest Minnesota, and developers hope to start construction in the spring. (West Central Tribune)

UTILITIES: After years of inaction, Ohio lawmakers take up bills that aim to regulate submetering companies that resell electricity at apartments and condominiums. (Columbus Dispatch)

• Supplies of solar panels are being disrupted — and projects are being put on hold — amid the looming threat of a tariff on imported panels. (Bloomberg)
• An organic farm in northeast Wisconsin installs solar panels that will cover about 50 percent of the on-site energy use. (Wisconsin State Farmer)

OIL AND GAS: An amended lease agreement will block crude oil from being shipped at a company’s port in Milwaukee, which will be used to export ethanol to Canada and Europe. (Milwaukee BizTimes)

TRANSPORTATION: A growing number of Iowa school districts are using propane to power buses in order to save money and reduce emissions. (Associated Press)

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BIOFUELS: EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt denies claims that billionaire investor Carl Icahn “wielded excessive influence” on U.S. biofuels policy while he was an adviser to President Trump. (Reuters) 

COMMENTARY: A columnist says just because Indiana lawmakers “tried to quash clean solar energy” by phasing out net metering doesn’t mean residents can’t act before the changes take effect. (Zionsville Times Sentinel)

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