$1 billion solar-plus-storage project announced near Las Vegas

SOLAR: A developer announces plans to build a 690 MW solar-plus-storage project near Las Vegas, one of the largest such projects in the West. (Bloomberg)

ALSO:
• Distributed solar saved California more than $650 million from 2013 to 2015, according to a new research. (PV Magazine)
• Nevada’s rooftop solar market proves to be fertile ground for those looking to scam potential customers. (Nevada Independent)

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Midwest authorities prepare for more pipeline demonstrations

PIPELINES: Minnesota authorities prepare for potential pipeline protests along the Line 3 project, seeking guidance from counterparts in North Dakota involved in Dakota Access pipeline demonstrations. (Wall Street Journal)

ALSO: A $1.1 billion Texas shale pipeline is denied an exclusion to the Trump administration’s steel tariff in the first major ruling on an energy project since the tariffs went into effect. (Reuters)

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OIL & GAS:
• Neighboring counties in Pennsylvania and New York illustrate the economic impact that fracking can have on farming communities.

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.

Governor’s veto threatens New Hampshire biomass plants

BIOMASS: Six biomass plants are in danger of closing after New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu vetoes a bill that would have supported the industry. (WMUR)

WIND: A wind energy company will launch a research buoy off the coast of Atlantic City, New Jersey, to determine if the area is suitable for wind turbines. (Press of Atlantic City)

SOLAR:
• New solar policies are emerging in the Northeast as the region seeks to revamp or eliminate net metering programs. (Energy News Network)
• The town of Exeter, Rhode Island, will allow a solar developer to build commercial-scale solar installations on 15 properties in residential zones without seeking special use permits. (Providence Journal)

POWER PLANTS: Virginia-based Dominion Energy is selling two natural gas power plants in Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. (Bloomberg)

POLLUTION:
• Delaware Sen. Tom Carper asks the EPA to reverse a decision to deny petitions that sought to reduce ozone pollution in Delaware emitted from power plants in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Texas pipeline company denied exclusion to steel tariff

PIPELINES: A $1.1 billion Texas shale pipeline is denied an exclusion to the Trump administration’s steel tariff in the first major ruling on an energy project since the tariffs went into effect. (Reuters)

MORE:
• Several people protest construction of a 9-mile Virginia Natural Gas pipeline in Chesapeake, Virginia. (Virginian Pilot)
• TransCanada’s Columbia Gas Transmission pipeline is back in service after an explosion last month in West Virginia. (Reuters)
• A Houston-based company has nearly $1.5 billion of natural gas pipeline projects underway. (Construction Dive)
• Despite protests and legal challenges, the Bayou Bridge Pipeline in Louisiana is expected to be completed on time.