• Ohio state Sen. Bill Seitz continues to push for tougher restrictions on wind energy, which advocates say will further block development there. (Midwest Energy News)
• Landowners in South Dakota are in disagreement over the potential benefits of a proposed wind project, which would be the largest in the state. (Tri-State Neighbor)

BIOMASS: For economically struggling areas of northern Minnesota, wood-pellet plants offer an “intriguing possibility,” though significant challenges remain. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

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• The U.S. nuclear industry is “trying harder than ever to market itself as an irreplaceable ally in the war against climate change.” (Toledo Blade)
• An Illinois nuclear plant will hold a one-day exercise to test the emergency preparedness of the plant. (Quad-City Times)

RENEWABLES: A member of President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team says the new administration will not move to revoke wind and solar subsidies. (Utility Dive)

• Roughly three dozen Dakota Access pipeline protesters are arrested in the latest confrontation with law enforcement. (Associated Press)
• Authorities are investigating reports of multiple gun shots being fired at a Dakota Access pipeline protest in North Dakota. (Associated Press)
• Protesters briefly block entrances to a Dakota Access pipeline work yard, causing workers to leave the area. In Iowa, three others crawl deep into the pipeline and face trespassing charges. (Reuters, Radio Iowa)
• Protesters gather in Minneapolis over the weekend to oppose the project. (WCCO-TV)
• The Dakota Access developer offers to help pay law enforcement costs related to the protests. (Associated Press)

COAL: A U.S. Department of Energy official says North Dakota is “definitely one of the best places” in the country to test “clean coal” technology. (Bismarck Tribune)

STORAGE: Utility and grid-operator officials debate whether battery storage projects can be valuable transmission assets or should be limited to “niche applications,” and how projects should be compensated(RTO Insider)

REGULATION: Legal experts say overturning Obama administration environmental regulations will be more difficult than is being portrayed. (Greenwire)

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CLIMATE: Scientists report that global carbon emissions remained flat for the third straight year, largely due to less coal being burned. (Washington Post)

• “Michigan ratepayers, including families and small businesses, continue to be saddled with ever-increasing electricity bills.” (Bridge Magazine)
• If Donald Trump’s election means a turning point for the completion of the Dakota Access pipeline, it would be good news for North Dakota. (Bismarck Tribune)
• It’s past time that organizers behind an effort to ban fracking in Youngstown, Ohio respect the will of voters. (Youngstown Vindicator)
• A shift toward more renewable energy in northern Minnesota comes with a price. (Duluth News Tribune)

Ken is the director of the Energy News Network at Fresh Energy and is a founding editor of both Midwest Energy News and Southeast Energy News. Prior to joining Fresh Energy, he was the managing editor for online news at Minnesota Public Radio. He started his journalism career in 2002 as a copy editor for the Duluth News Tribune before spending five years at the Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington, where he worked as a copy editor, online producer, features editor and night city editor. A Nebraska native, Ken has a bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a master's degree from the University of Oregon. He is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors.

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