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After Keystone spill, opponents turn up heat on Nebraska regulators

PIPELINES: TransCanada shuts down the Keystone pipeline in South Dakota after it leaks 210,000 gallons of oil, just days before Nebraska regulators are expected to release a decision on the company’s Keystone XL project. (Associated Press)

ALSO:
• Opponents of Keystone XL were already in the midst of a last-minute push to urge Nebraska regulators to reject a proposed route for the project, with one group saying the spill “should be a stark warning.” (Reuters, NRDC)
• The Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux tribes continue to push for stronger water protections and spill response plans for the Dakota Access pipeline. (Associated Press)

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ILLINOIS: While solar has dominated much of the discussion of the Future Energy Jobs Act in Illinois, a new report highlights the role geothermal systems can play in the state’s economy. (Midwest Energy News)

WIND:
• A wind project that straddles the state line is progressing in Iowa but still faces opposition in Minnesota. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• North Dakota regulators advance four wind projects in the state. (Forum News Service)
• A British company proposes a 150-turbine wind farm in Indiana. (Logansport Pharos-Tribune)

COAL:
• A year after Donald Trump was elected president, the future remains bleak for the coal industry. (Reuters)
• Experts say proposed rollbacks of EPA climate policies won’t impact coal retirements in Michigan. (Lansing City Pulse)

GRID: Market reforms proposed by the PJM Interconnection would provide incentives for large power plants. (Utility Dive)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Elon Musk unveils Tesla’s electric semi truck, which has 500-mile range and semi-autonomous capabilities. (Vox)

FRACKING: Scientists behind a report that provided support for the EPA to strip protections for drinking water that may be harmed by fracking say there actually “is some form of risk from hydraulic fracturing to groundwater.” (InsideClimate News)

SOLAR:
• Construction of a nearby solar array provides an educational opportunity for Ohio vocational students. (Norwalk Reflector)
• A Minnesota elementary school installs solar panels at no charge thanks to a state grant. (WKBT)

COMMENTARY: Shifting to a low-carbon economy “will obviously disrupt businesses and jobs now built around fossil fuels.” (The Conversation)

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