Enbridge takes legal action as Line 5 talks break down

PIPELINES: Enbridge takes legal action against the state of Michigan to enforce an agreement with former Gov. Rick Snyder to build a tunnel for the Line 5 pipeline. (MLive)

ALSO:
• An appellate court tosses a lower court’s ruling blocking the Keystone XL pipeline, but it’s unclear when construction may begin. (KTVQ)
• A South Dakota state council prepares a communication strategy ahead of anticipated Keystone XL protests. (Forum News Service)
• Enbridge appears to be funding and supporting a front group that bills itself as a grassroots organization supporting the Line 3 pipeline. (DeSmog Blog)

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Grain Belt Express moves closer to construction

NUCLEAR: An analysis by grid operator PJM concludes that a proposed Ohio nuclear bailout will cost ratepayers even more by discouraging cheaper gas generation from coming online. (Energy News Network)

ALSO:
• Ohio reporters tour the Davis-Besse nuclear plant as state lawmakers consider a bill to subsidize its continued operation. (Sandusky Register)
• The Nebraska Public Power District says an alert system problem caused a false alarm at a nuclear plant. (Associated Press)

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Ohio lawmakers hear conflicting testimony on nuclear plant profitability

OHIO: State lawmakers receive conflicting testimony about whether FirstEnergy’s nuclear plants are profitable. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

ALSO:
• Lawmakers will likely have to decide by the end of the month whether to provide subsidies for the two plants. (Toledo Blade)
• Bowling Green’s city council opposes the nuclear bailout bill, saying it could cost the city hundreds of thousands of dollars. (Bowling Green Sentinel-Tribune)

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Minnesota court rejects Line 3 pipeline environmental review

PIPELINES: A Minnesota appeals court reverses state regulators’ approval of an environmental review for the Line 3 replacement pipeline, saying it didn’t adequately address a potential spill in the Lake Superior watershed. (Minnesota Public Radio)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Illinois lawmakers approve a road-funding plan that increases annual electric vehicle fees to $248, far lower than the $1,000 originally proposed. (Chicago Tribune)

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Midwest farmers praise EPA ethanol decision

BIOFUELS: The U.S. EPA approves year-round sales of higher blends of ethanol, drawing praise from corn growers and criticism from the oil industry and environmental groups. (New York Times)

ALSO: The move could expand Nebraska’s $3.5 billion ethanol industry by as much as 50%, according to the state’s new Ethanol Board administrator. (Lincoln Journal Star)

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