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Advocates call pipeline approval a ‘quiet Keystone XL’

UTILITIES: Ratepayers in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula could see up to a $24 million refund for costs they’ve paid to continue operating a Wisconsin utility’s aging coal plant there, federal regulators ruled Thursday. Meanwhile, fraud claims against the plant’s owner will get a closer look by federal officials. (Midwest Energy News)

• Advocates say federal approval of the final piece of Enbridge’s Alberta Clipper pipeline represents a “quiet Keystone XL.” (InsideClimate News)
• Activists disrupt a hearing in Duluth, Minnesota over Enbridge’s plans to replace and expand its Line 3 pipeline. (Associated Press)
• Obstruction and disorderly conduct charges are dismissed against a photojournalist covering the Dakota Access pipeline protest last year. (Associated Press)

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WIND: A wind energy project in central Illinois that’s been in the works for at least a decade is moving forward with hopes of operating in two years. (Bloomington Pantagraph)

• So far, a Minnesota school district’s involvement in Xcel Energy’s solar rebate program has been filled with uncertainty and unexpected changes. (North Wright County Today)
• A Michigan-based major producer of polysilicon that is used in solar components is laying off 100 workers due to market challenges. (PV Magazine)
• Officials in Ann Arbor, Michigan want more public feedback on whether solar panels should be allowed in front yards. (MLive)

RESEARCH: An Indiana university hopes to avoid the “politically charged topic of the nation’s energy future” as its engineering department shifts its focus to energy. (Indiana Public Media)

CLIMATE: Tribal leaders gather in Milwaukee to urge the Trump administration to do more on combating climate change. (Wisconsin Public Radio)

NUCLEAR: Missouri’s sole nuclear plant will be offline for 60 days while undergoing nearly $130 million in repairs, including the first overhaul of its main generator. (Associated Press)

BIOFUELS: Top Iowa lawmakers declare victory in their effort to have the U.S. EPA maintain or increase federal biofuel-blend mandates. (Quad-City Times)

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POLICY: Comments are pouring into FERC on the Energy Department’s proposal to prop up coal and nuclear plants, with former FERC commissioners and environmental law groups blasting the measure and coal state lawmakers voicing support. (Greentech Media, Washington Post)

COMMENTARY: An advocacy group says Ohio lawmakers should follow the lead of major companies operating in the state and embrace clean energy. (Columbus Business First)

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