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Concerns remain despite fewer oil trains through Wisconsin

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WIND: Iowa-based MidAmerican Energy is in the process of “repowering” 1,000 megawatts of wind generation in an effort to make its turbines more efficient and productive. (Midwest Energy News)

OIL-BY-RAIL: Fewer oil trains are moving through western Wisconsin, but “there are still concerns.” (LaCrosse Tribune)

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REGULATION: Energy Secretary Rick Perry asks FERC to adopt new regulations to support coal and nuclear plants. (Reuters)

COAL ASH: Watchdog groups say industry-friendly efforts by the U.S. EPA to scale back coal ash regulations included “a bully tactic used to shut out meaningful public input.” (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

POLICY: The Illinois Power Agency posts its “Draft Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan” that describes how it will pay for solar, wind and other renewable energy projects. (PV Magazine)

CLIMATE: In December, Chicago will host a summit with mayors from around the world to address climate change issues. (Columbia Chronicle)

PIPELINES:
• Environmental activists who are set to stand trial over oil pipeline protests plan to use the defense that their actions were in the public’s interest. (Associated Press)
• A North Dakota tribe no longer wants fiberglass-based pipelines on its reservation after recent spills. (Associated Press)

SOLAR: An Ohio-based startup says it can cut heliostat costs by a third by tying the mirrors that reflect sunlight onto a single motor and support structure. (Greentech Media)

GRID: Energy companies and grid operators discuss best paths forward for PJM’s capacity market at a conference in Ohio. (E&E News, subscription)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Electric vehicles make up 60 percent of the fastest-selling used car models in the U.S., according to reports from an automotive research company. (Quartz)

COMMENTARY:
• An official with Indiana Michigan Power says the utility is embracing solar energy and grid infrastructure upgrades. (South Bend Tribune)
• A columnist says industry, “not just environmentalists,” is driving the clean energy industry in Minnesota. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• A Madison, Wisconsin-based nonprofit works with employers to institute energy-saving and other sustainability practices. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

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