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Michigan AG raises concerns about Great Lakes pipeline

PIPELINES: Michigan’s attorney general says an oil pipeline running beneath the Straits of Mackinac doesn’t comply with state regulations and must have additional supports. (MLive)

ALSO: TransCanada proposes a new natural gas pipeline between Ohio and Michigan, and a Minnesota congressman wants a proposed pipeline routed around ecologically sensitive areas. (Columbus Business First, Forum News Service)

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MICHIGAN: Michigan’s “godfather” of wind energy, Rich Vander Veen, discusses his move into solar and the state’s renewable energy future. (Midwest Energy News)

COAL:
• A Michigan utility plans to shut down two coal units. (News-Herald)
• Coal companies’ financial struggles worsen. (Bloomberg)
• Labor officials face a backlog of thousands of black-lung disease cases. (National Journal)
• Inspectors issue more than 200 safety citations at 11 U.S. coal mines. (Charleston State Journal)

PETCOKE: A company storing petroleum coke in Chicago threatens to sue unless the city relaxes its new rules. (Chicago Tribune)

FRACKING: A court rejects a Colorado town’s fracking ban, an industry group wants Illinois to move faster on drilling regulations, and oil field workers downplay safety concerns. (InsideClimate News, Associated Press, Carbondale Southern)

NUCLEAR: A new report says U.S. nuclear plants are inadequately prepared for disasters, and neighbors of Michigan’s Fermi 2 plant express a range of opinions about relicensing the facility. (Los Angeles Times, Toledo Blade)

ETHANOL: The biofuel industry says it shouldn’t be drawn into rail safety discussions over crude oil; and Minnesota Sen. Al Franken says the EPA will likely propose a smaller cut to the renewable fuel standard. (Reuters, Associated Press)

GRID: A new transmission line and substation are expected to improve reliability in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. (Transmission and Distribution World)

WIND: A forum in Minnesota discusses eagle safety around wind farms, and Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback says he supports phasing out the state’s renewable energy standard. (Minneapolis Star Tribune, Associated Press)

SOLAR: Toledo’s port authority will buy back more than $600,000 in bonds issued for a failed solar company, and a Minneapolis restaurant adds a solar array partially funded by a Kickstarter campaign. (Toledo Blade, Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal)

EFFICIENCY: Cook County, Illinois approves an ordinance to improve efficiency in public buildings. (Associated Press)

ELECTRIC CARS: General Motors is planning a new electric car with a 200-mile range that could see production as soon as 2016. (The Truth About Cars)

COMMENTARY: Could a minimum bill resolve utilities net-metering concerns? (Greentech Media)

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