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Wisconsin officials: No evidence wind turbines cause health problems

WIND: A new industry report says wind generation is at an all-time high and also driving new employment nationwide. (Associated Press)

ALSO:
• A report from Wisconsin officials finds no evidence linking reported health problems to wind turbines. (Fond du Lac Reporter)
• Michigan ranks near the middle of 12 Midwestern states by paying rural landowners $4.6 million in land lease payments in 2014 for wind projects. (Midwest Energy News)
Major corporations are increasingly turning to wind power because it makes financial sense. (Washington Post)

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COAL:
The world’s largest privately owned coal producer, St. Louis-based Peabody Energy, files for bankruptcy. (Reuters)
Michigan State University announces it will stop burning coal at its campus power plant as it transitions to natural gas and renewables. (Lansing State Journal)
Midwest coal shippers “can breathe a sigh of relief” as plans for a major rail company merger deteriorate. (EnergyWire)

EFFICIENCY: Nebraska looks to improve its performance on energy efficiency by adopting a statewide Property Assessed Clean Energy financing law. (Midwest Energy News)

PIPELINES:
Minnesota regulators announce plans for a dozen public meetings over the next month on the proposed Sandpiper oil pipeline. (Associated Press)
Iowa landowners file a lawsuit seeking to overturn state approval of the Dakota Access pipeline. (WHO-TV)

ILLINOIS: State lawmakers and lobbyists are working behind the scenes to craft a single energy policy proposal that deals with struggling nuclear plants, renewable development and microgrids. (Utility Dive)

SOLAR: Cedar Rapids, Iowa will install solar panels on the roof of its public transportation agency. (The Gazette)

POLITICS: An Ohio U.S. Senate candidate’s embracing of climate change as an issue “is emblematic of changes in the energy economy and Midwestern climate politics.” (Grist)

OIL AND GAS: The steep decline in oil prices mean fewer students from Saudi Arabia are enrolling in classes at a Kansas university. (Wichita Eagle)

NUCLEAR: Anti-nuclear advocacy groups will hold public forums later this month as part of efforts to close down a plant in southwest Michigan. (MLive)

EMISSIONS: The University of Iowa reaches a first-of-its-kind deal with state air quality regulators over how it reduces its emissions on campus. (The Gazette)

COMMENTARY:
• A former Minnesota lawmaker says the Clean Power Plan will penalize the state for “taking the initiative in supporting and investing in clean energy.” (Grand Rapids Herald Review)
In Illinois, there is an “urgent need” to ramp up the state’s energy storage capabilities. (Chicago Tribune)

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