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700-mile wind transmission project moves forward amid legal challenges

EMISSIONS: A majority of registered voters support regulating carbon dioxide as a pollutant, according to a national poll released this week. (Midwest Energy News)

GRID: A 700-mile wind transmission project through Oklahoma and Arkansas continues to move forward with support from the Department of Energy amid legal challenges. (E&E News)

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• Weakened residential demand and uncertainty over potential tariffs on imported panels led the number of U.S. solar installations to decline more than expected this year. (Reuters)
• After nearly three years of planning, a Wisconsin county will make a final decision on a contract to install solar panels at two government facilities. (Baraboo News Republic)
• County officials in an area west of Chicago approve plans for a $31 million, 17 MW solar project. (Saukvalley.com)
• A community college in Peoria, Illinois is awarded a $1 million grant through the Future Energy Jobs Act to launch a solar energy job-training program. (Peoria Journal Star)

OIL AND GAS: Researchers have a new understanding of what may be causing drilling-related earthquakes in Kansas and Oklahoma, which could help companies predict areas that might be prone to induced earthquakes. (Phys.org)

WIND: Advocates discuss reasons for the relatively slow deployment of wind energy in Nebraska. (Hastings Tribune) 

• Dozens of residents gather in a northern Michigan city to call on state officials to close down the Line 5 pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac. (Traverse City Record-Eagle)
• The developer of the Dakota Access pipeline and an environmental publication are arguing in court whether “something billed as a social movement can be sued.” (Associated Press)

BIOENERGY: Grand Rapids, Michigan breaks ground on a $38 million biodigester facility that will help the city reach its renewable energy goals. (Michigan Radio)

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• Ohio-based FirstEnergy plans to open a $37 million facility in Akron to test and train employees on new digital grid technologies. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
• Newsweek 
ranks Michigan-based Consumers Energy as the ninth-“greenest” company in the U.S. (Crain’s Detroit Business)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Ford announces plans for a site near downtown Detroit that will serve as a base for high-level employees working on electric and autonomous vehicles. (New York Times)

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