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Advocates weighing legal options against Detroit highway ‘boondoggle’

TRANSPORTATION: Advocates in Michigan are “definitely considering all legal options” to try and block a planned highway expansion in Detroit. (Bridge Magazine)

COAL: About 20 families living near a We Energies coal plant in Wisconsin seek representation over concerns about coal dust exposure. (Racine Journal Times)

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OIL AND GAS:
• Protesters plan to canoe the Straits of Mackinac and walk the Mackinac Bridge this weekend, calling for Enbridge to shut down Line 5 through the Great Lakes. (MLive)
North Dakota hotels are taking a hit as the oil boom slows down. (Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal)
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder appoints a 15-member advisory board for statewide pipeline issues. (MLive)
North Dakota lawmakers hear about the ongoing concerns in the oil patch, particularly related to infrastructure needs and mental health services. (Bismarck Tribune)

SOLAR:
• A bipartisan group of legislators is reintroducing an “energy freedom” bill package meant to contrast a recent proposal to eliminate net metering. (Michigan Radio)
While solar capacity per capita in Minnesota grew by 42 percent, the state still lags behind most of the country. (Minnesota Public Radio)
Customers in Kansas remain on notice about possible fee increases as part of a utility settlement agreement. (Topeka Capital-Journal)
After a recent court ruling, community solar investors may qualify for federal tax credits. (Utility Dive)
A Wisconsin county will open bids for companies looking to install panels on government buildings. (Madison.com)

OHIO: Environmental and faith-based advocates rallied around the state this week over a variety of state and national energy issues. (Midwest Energy News)

WATER: Wisconsin groups plan an event to discuss the “energy-water nexus” and how the two issues are interrelated. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

POLITICS: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is in Texas this week touting “energy independence” and lifting the ban on crude oil exports. (San Antonio Business Journal)

COMMENTARY:
• FirstEnergy’s proposal to make customers pay for uncompetitive power plants “represents everything backward and perverse in the electricity sector.” (Vox)
How efficiency programs in cities can be an economic development tool. (Governing)

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