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Authorities prepare for Keystone XL pipeline protests

TRANSPORTATION: Minnesota’s plan to spend Volkswagen settlement funds to reduce air pollution underscores the challenge of targeting transportation emissions. (MinnPost)

PIPELINES: Police and local authorities prepare a coordinated response to an expected new wave of protests against the Keystone XL pipeline, referring to some demonstrators as potential “domestic terrorism” threats. (The Guardian)

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WIND: A Missouri native helped bring wind generation to his hometown, helping to spark a wind development boom to northwestern Missouri. (Utility Dive)

• Officials in Rochester, Minnesota, consider a plan to buy 10 MW of locally produced solar power to meet the city’s renewable energy goals. (Rochester Post Bulletin)
• County officials in central Indiana consider rescinding an economic revitalization designation for an 850 acre property after a planned solar project stalls indefinitely. (Anderson Herald Bulletin)
• Developers plan to add another 1 MW community solar project in a southern Minnesota city. (Mankato Free Press)
• Subscriptions are available for a 5 MW solar project set to come online soon in western Nebraska. (Scottsbluff Star Herald)

BIOFUELS: The White House has reportedly asked for input from Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley to boost the ethanol market in 2020. (Reuters)

OHIO: Backers of a statewide referendum on subsidies for coal and nuclear plants appeal to a federal appeals court for additional time to collect signatures. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

POWER PLANTS:  The U.S. EPA estimates that easing regulations on pollutant discharges from power plants could save utilities more than $300 million, though critics say it would eliminate public health benefits. (Utility Dive)

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OIL & GAS: Attorneys general from Iowa, Illinois, Michigan and Minnesota prepare to join a major lawsuit against the Trump administration’s effort to roll back methane regulations for the oil and gas sector. (E&E News, subscription)

• Federal corn ethanol mandates have been an environmental and social failure and may be worse for the climate than fossil fuels, says a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute. (The Atlantic)
• A state senator from Nebraska says state and federal policymakers need to take swifter action on clean energy and climate change plans. (Lincoln Journal Star)

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