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Cleanup of Keystone pipeline spill is expected to take weeks

PIPELINES: Cleanup of the 210,000-gallon Keystone pipeline spill is expected to last several weeks, and additional crews and equipment continue to be dispatched to the site. (Watertown Public Opinion, Associated Press)

ALSO:
• Protesters gather at the Nebraska capitol over the weekend before state regulators are expected to issue a ruling today on the Keystone XL pipeline. (Associated Press)
• The U.S. Forest Service will permit the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline to be built through two national forests. (Daily Progress)

OIL & GAS:
• Housing developers are clashing with oil and gas producers over the use of land outside of Denver. (Denver Post)
• A roundup of the top 20 onshore oil and gas spills in the U.S. since 2010. (Associated Press)

COAL:
• An executive at a coal-fired power plant in Montana says the facility may shut down if the owners can’t find a buyer next year, saying the financial losses “are no longer sustainable.” (Billings Gazette)
• A train carrying coal derails in Virginia, spilling an estimated 400 tons of coal into a creek. (Bristol Herald Courier)
• Native Americans in New Mexico are being illegally passed over for jobs at a coal-fired power plant, according to unions that represents Navajo workers. (Associated Press)

SOLAR:
• Thousands of Utah residents rush to apply for rooftop solar panels before Rocky Mountain Power reduces customer credits for its net-metering program. (Associated Press)
• A New England solar installer will supply panels for up to 100 portable emergency power units in Puerto Rico, where workers are still trying to restore electricity following Hurricane Maria. (Associated Press)
• Advocates say that while some net metering rule changes in Ohio are beneficial, they ultimately reduce the amount customers are compensated. (Midwest Energy News)
• While potential tariffs on imported solar panels may compel Chinese manufacturers to open plants in the U.S., it’s unlikely to create a solar jobs boom here. (Bloomberg)

TRANSMISSION: The developer of the proposed Grain Belt Express transmission line has asked the Missouri Supreme Court to rule on the project in hopes of reviving it. (Midwest Energy News)

WIND: A British energy company wants to build a wind farm in three northern Indiana counties. (Associated Press)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Connecticut will offer $2 million in additional funding to continue a rebate program for electric vehicles. (Associated Press)
• With a deadline less than two weeks away, North Carolina’s governor still has not designated a state agency to accept Volkswagen settlement funds that could advance the state’s electric car charging infrastructure. (Southeast Energy News)

NUCLEAR:
• A group files a $500 million class-action lawsuit against Boston-based General Electric over its role in the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan. (Boston Business Journal)
• An investigation finds radioactive waste continues to leak from Illinois nuclear plants, with at least 35 self-reported releases since the 2007 discovery of chronic radioactive leaks at Exelon plants. (Better Government Association)
• The owners of South Carolina’s abandoned Summer nuclear power plant have six weeks to decide whether the project is done for good. (Post and Courier)
• South Carolina Electric & Gas agrees to buy a natural gas power plant to replace more than 40 percent of the power that would have come from the now-abandoned Summer nuclear project. (WSAV 3)

UTILITIES: A lawsuit filed in Boston claims that Avangrid and Eversource Energy manipulated natural gas supplies in a conspiracy to inflate rates. (Portland Press Herald)

GRID: The federal government approves the right-of-way for a 293-mile transmission line from Oregon to Idaho, saying it will create nearly 500 jobs. (Associated Press)

CLIMATE: Nations are bolstering their relationships with like-minded U.S. cities and the state of California in an attempt to further progress on climate change. (Washington Post)

COMMENTARY:
• The CEO of a home energy monitoring company says more intelligent smart-metering systems are needed to integrate utility and consumer services. (Utility Dive)
• The Environmental Defense Fund says Ohio utilities’ attempt to re-regulate the state’s electricity market is a step backwards and ignores the clean energy benefits that come with competition. (Midwest Energy News)

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