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Advocates say Michigan officials may be gearing up to close Mackinac pipeline

PIPELINES: New images show patches of protective coating larger than previously thought missing from Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac, and advocates say the state may be gearing up to take legal action against Enbridge to close the pipeline. (MLive)

SOLAR:
• An Iowa utility looks to create two new rate classes for customers who generate some of their own energy, which advocates say could lead to new fees for distributed solar. (Midwest Energy News)
• An automobile dealership and repair company in southern Illinois nears completion of a $1 million solar project at seven of its businesses in the region, which is expected to pay for itself in five years. (Southern Illinoisan)
• A new report says Michigan installed 65 megawatts of solar in the second quarter of this year, nearly doubling the total output in current inventory. (Crain’s Detroit Business)
• A city in southern Illinois gives preliminary approval for a 10-megawatt solar project. (WJBD)
• A 1.34-megawatt solar project at an Ikea in Indiana will be the state’s largest rooftop installation. (WTTV)

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WIND:
• A Republican state senator from Ohio introduces a bill to loosen property setback restrictions for wind turbines that were imposed three years ago. (Toledo Blade)
• Residents provide input to state regulators on a major wind project in South Dakota that was first conceived in 2008. (Watertown Public Opinion)
• Missouri-based brewing company Anheuser-Busch signs a deal to buy 152.2 megawatts of wind power from an Oklahoma wind farm. (St. Louis Business Journal)

OIL AND GAS:
• Development of natural gas plants across Ohio represents $10 billion in investment in new capacity that will also ratchet up the pressure on aging coal and nuclear plants in the region. (E&E News)
• A U.S. senator and North Dakota oil drillers want a new assessment on the amount of recoverable oil in the state, saying it would likely show stronger production potential and attract investment. (Associated Press)

FRAC SAND:
• The company developing a frac sand plant in Wisconsin that requires filling in roughly 16 acres of wetlands seeks to make changes to its permit, though it’s not clear what it would mean for the surrounding area. (LaCrosse Tribune)
• A group of Wisconsin landowners are appealing the dismissal of their effort to block a planned 750-acre frac sand mining operation there. (LaCrosse Tribune)

NUCLEAR: Contractors have been hired to repair outer layers of cracked concrete on protective walls at the Davis-Besse nuclear plant in Ohio. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Events taking place in Ohio this week are meant to boost electric vehicle ownership. (Columbus Dispatch)

CLIMATE: A new study in the journal Science finds that climate change could bring a “mixed bag” of benefits and drawbacks to Minnesota counties. (MinnPost)

COMMENTARY:
• A Michigan lawmaker says the state Public Service Commission is attempting to defy the legislature and diminish the state’s limited electric choice market. (Oakland Press)
• Ohio has 81,000 jobs in the energy efficiency sector, “forming a largely invisible but powerful workforce that helps keep energy costs low and productivity high.” (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

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