Ohio clean energy industry brings economic, national security benefits

RENEWABLES: Ohio’s manufacturing capacity for renewable energy is an economic strength, which some argue is good for national security. (WOSU)

PIPELINES:
• Minnesota law enforcement officials are preparing for potential protests along the Line 3 replacement project, seeking guidance from counterparts in North Dakota involved with the Dakota Access pipeline. (Wall Street Journal)
• Enbridge gives landowners more time to decide whether to have the old Line 3 pipeline removed from their property. (Duluth News Tribune)
• An Ohio farm sues the developer of the Nexus gas pipeline for allegedly causing erosion that damaged crops. (Akron Beacon Journal)

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SOLAR:
• A new Ikea store in Wisconsin will have rooftop solar panels that generate up to 50 percent of the building’s power consumption.

Groups challenge air permit granted for North Dakota oil refinery

COAL: Ohio’s coal industry and environmental groups want millions of dollars returned to a state fund meant to pay for cleanup of retired coal mines. (Energy News Network)

PIPELINES: The chairman of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe says activists “will be waiting” to oppose construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. (InsideClimate News)

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OIL AND GAS:
• Environmental groups sue North Dakota over an air quality permit that allows for an $800 million oil refinery near a national park. (Associated Press)
• North Dakota’s oil production reached record levels in May. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• Ohio’s shale gas production spiked in the first three months of the year.

Activists camp near Canada-U.S. border to stop Line 3 construction

PIPELINES:
• Indigenous activists set up a camp near the Canada-U.S. border in an effort to stop the Line 3 pipeline replacement project. (CBC)
• A woman accused of shooting at officers during the Dakota Access pipeline protests is sentenced to four years in prison. (Associated Press)

NUCLEAR: Illinois advocates raise environmental justice concerns amid the decommissioning of U.S. nuclear plants. (Energy News Network)

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NATURAL GAS: Indiana residents raise cost and environmental concerns with Vectren’s plan to replace its coal units mostly with natural gas. (Evansville Courier & Press)

COAL:
• Coal miners join more than 10,000 people rallying at the Ohio Statehouse to demand pension reform.

Emails show close relationship between Michigan, Enbridge on Line 5

PIPELINES: Critics say Michigan officials have maintained a close relationship with Enbridge, allowing the company “extensive input on the fate” of Line 5. (Bridge Magazine)

ALSO:
• Emails show the state was recently notified of multiple small leaks from Line 5, highlighting potential risks outside of the Straits of Mackinac. (Bridge Magazine)
• More than two dozen people speak in opposition to Enbridge’s request to install more anchor supports in the Straits of Mackinac to bolster Line 5. (Associated Press)

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NUCLEAR: Ohio’s Davis-Besse nuclear plant is scheduled to close within three years, but decommissioning the plant could take up to 60 years to deal with radioactive fuel and waste. (Energy News Network)

EMISSIONS: Smart thermostats and electric heating will be key for cities like Chicago to meet carbon-reduction goals, according to a recent report.

Exelon proposes to buy FirstEnergy Solutions’ retail unit

EFFICIENCY: Iowa utilities unveil new five-year energy efficiency plans that scale back home energy audits, insulation rebates and light bulb discounts. (Energy News Network)

UTILITIES: Exelon proposes to buy FirstEnergy Solutions’ retail business for $140 million, increasing its customer count by 40 percent. (Crain’s Chicago Business)

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PIPELINES:
• North Dakota’s attorney general sues the Dakota Access pipeline owner for allegedly violating a state law prohibiting large corporations from owning agricultural land. (Associated Press)
• Replacing the Line 3 pipeline in northern Minnesota still needs 29 more regulatory approvals before construction can start. (Minnesota Public Radio)
• Enbridge sues a shipping company accused of denting the Line 5 pipeline in an apparent anchor strike earlier this year.