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Ohio agency concerned about potential spills from Rover gas pipeline construction

SOLAR: Ohio utilities and their opponents dug into their positions at a hearing over proposed rule changes to net metering in the state. (Midwest Energy News)

ALSO:
• A solar-powered hybrid heat-and-electric system tested in Illinois could someday have uses in microgrids, energy storage, and large commercial applications. (Midwest Energy News)
• The mayor of a southern Illinois city wants to invest more in solar energy to power city operations. (Southern Illinoisan)
• School districts in Ohio and Indiana are “among a small but growing number of districts nationwide to adopt solar energy.” (Fort Wayne Journal Gazette)
• Some solar projects in Michigan are on hold while state regulators finalize rules that compensate independent power producers for their generation. (Port Huron Times Herald)

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OIL AND GAS:
• The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency tells federal energy regulators it is concerned about potential spills from the company drilling for the Rover natural gas pipeline. (Reuters)
• A dispute continues over whether a planned oil refinery would be visible within a national park in North Dakota. (Bismarck Tribune)
• The National Transportation Safety Board concludes that a broken wheel caused a fiery oil tanker crash in North Dakota three years ago. (Forum News Service)

WIND:
• The developer of an offshore wind project in Lake Erie says the Trump administration’s easing of restrictions in the Migratory Bird Treaty Act will not significantly impact the project. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
• Utilities including MidAmerican Energy are using predictive software to gather data from wind turbines in order to boost output and spot potential malfunctions before they happen. (Bloomberg)

GRID:
• Ohio utility regulators and FirstEnergy appear to be on the same page when it comes to improving the state’s electric grid. (Crain’s Cleveland Business)
• Open-house meetings are scheduled today in Wisconsin over a transmission project meant to serve a new 32 million-square-foot Foxconn manufacturing facility. (Racine Journal Times)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Global automakers have invested $90 billion to date in batteries and electric vehicles, a figure expected to keep growing. (Reuters)
• Researchers from the University of Michigan find that owners of gasoline-powered cars pay 2.3 times more than electric vehicle drivers on an annual basis. (PluginCars.com)

EMISSIONS: The transportation sector is the largest source of U.S. carbon dioxide emissions for the second year in a row. (Vox)

NUCLEAR: A Columbus, Ohio-based manufacturer makes backup power units used by a majority of U.S. nuclear plants. (Columbus Dispatch)

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POLICY:
• Federal energy regulators’ rejection of supports for coal and nuclear plants continues to cause uncertainty for some facilities in Ohio. (Toledo Blade)
• The U.S. EPA plans to hold public sessions next month on its efforts to repeal the Clean Power Plan, including one in Kansas City. (Utility Dive)

PIPELINES: Protesters chain themselves to a Wells Fargo bank in Duluth, Minnesota due to the company’s financial backing of pipeline projects. (Associated Press)

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