PIPELINES: Following objections from a Michigan tribe, the federal government has postponed final approval of a settlement with Enbridge over a 2010 oil spill. (InsideClimate News)

ALSO:
• Federal regulators will be in North Dakota this week to investigate complaints about an oil pipeline recently installed under Lake Sakakawea. (Forum News Service)
• Rerouting the Dakota Access pipeline would be a “laborious and costly task” and potentially bring more regulatory hurdles. (Reuters)
• A federal appeals court could reopen as soon as this week an area of the Dakota Access route that was closed temporarily. (EnergyWire)
• Protesters gather in Illinois at the end of the Dakota Access route to show solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. (Southern Illinoisan)
• More Dakota Access protesters are arrested in Iowa for trespassing. (Radio Iowa)

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UTILITIES: A former Wisconsin regulatory staffer is battling with a Madison utility over input received about fixed charges during a public engagement process for the company’s long-term energy planning. (Midwest Energy News)

WIND: A new national nonprofit is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on an advertising campaign about the benefits of wind energy in Kansas. (Topeka Capital-Journal)

CLEAN POWER PLAN: North Dakota’s deep reserves of fossil fuels stand in the way of the state’s complying with federal emission rules. (ClimateWire)

GRID: Electrical engineers gathering in Milwaukee this week say a “tectonic shift” is taking place in the way the the grid operates. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

NUCLEAR: The future of U.S. nuclear reactors hinges on compensating plants for the carbon-free electricity they produce, according to a Department of Energy advisory panel. (EnergyWire)

SOLAR: A Minneapolis/St. Paul suburb amends an ordinance to make it easier for residents to install roof-mounted solar projects. (Lillie News)

OIL AND GAS:
• North Dakota’s top oil regulator says delaying sweeping new regulations for gathering pipelines means about 1,500 miles of new projects will not be subject to the rules. (Forum News Service)
• In 2011, when a new rule took effect allowing for heavier loads of transporting oil by rail that coincided with a boom in the Bakken oil patch, “a new era of rail tank car transportation began.” (DeSmog)

RENEWABLES: Residents in one Minnesota city will have a say in how much energy the city generates from solar and biofuels. (Hibbing Daily Tribune)

BIOFUELS: Airline JetBlue commits to buying more than 330 million gallons of biofuel over the next 10 years as a way to get ahead of looming restrictions on the industry’s greenhouse gas emissions. (New York Times)

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CLIMATE:
• High-level climate talks meant to help the Paris climate agreement take force and find other ways of cutting greenhouse gases begin in New York City. (ClimateWire)
• The Clinton Foundation’s plan to stop accepting foreign donations if Hillary Clinton is elected president would also “decimate” its programs combating climate change. (InsideClimate News)

COMMENTARY: Two years into its Clean Energy Partnership, Minneapolis offers a blueprint for what works and what is challenging with cooperative energy policy. (Institute for Local Self-Reliance)

Andy Balaskovitz

Andy Balaskovitz

Andy has been a journalism fellow for Midwest Energy News since 2014, following four years at City Pulse, Lansing’s alt-weekly newspaper. He covers the state of Michigan and also compiles the Midwest Energy News daily email digest. Andy is a graduate of Michigan State University’s Journalism School, where he focused on topics covered by the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism and wrote for the Great Lakes Echo. He was the 2008 and 2009 recipient of the Edward Meeman Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Environmental Journalism at Michigan State.

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