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Ohio governor pushes back on oil and gas tax breaks

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OIL AND GAS:
• Ohio Gov. John Kasich pushes back on $264 million in tax breaks for the oil and gas industry approved by the legislature. (Toledo Blade)
• An Ohio bill would prevent local communities from banning fracking. (Dayton Business Journal)

TECHNOLOGY:
• A new initiative embeds young entrepreneurs at the Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois to help bring innovation to commercial scale more quickly. (Midwest Energy News)
• A new material developed by Michigan researchers could streamline solar cell and supercapacitor production. (UP Matters)

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PIPELINES:
• A recent North Dakota pipeline spill, just 150 miles from the Dakota Access protest camp, is the sixth largest incident this year; 1,100 barrels of oil from the spill has not been recovered. (Reuters)
• A hearing on eminent domain disputes in Iowa draws protesters. (Storm Lake Pilot Tribune)

ADVOCACY: The leader of an Illinois clean energy group deflects questions about its funding, but notes that it was dramatically outspent by Exelon during the state’s energy bill negotiations. (Chicago Sun-Times)

SOLAR:
• An industry group outlines the top ten solar stories of 2016. (Greentech Media)
• Why residents of Ann Arbor, Michigan wind up paying higher taxes after installing solar. (MLive)

COAL:
• North Dakota’s attorney general files a lawsuit to block federal stream protection rules. (Associated Press)
• Developers of a proposed southern Indiana coal mine say the project’s future depends on whether Donald Trump follows through on his pledges to loosen regulations. (Platts)

WIND: Two new wind farms, totaling 400 MW of capacity, go online in Kansas. (Hutchinson News)

UTILITIES: Kansas regulators flag multiple issues in the proposed merger between Great Plains Energy and Westar. (Kansas City Business Journal)

EFFICIENCY: Officials in Madison, Wisconsin pursue a plan to reach net-zero emissions from city buildings. (Capital Times)

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POLICY: A new database makes it easy to search for state-level energy policy decisions. (Vox)

COMMENTARY:
• Why Donald Trump won’t slow clean energy progress in Illinois. (Crain’s Chicago Business)
• While the state has farther to go, recent legislation represents “an important step forward for Michigan’s clean energy future.” (Union of Concerned Scientists)
• Why we may be overestimating the risks from nuclear power. (Pacific Standard)

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