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New Bakken crude safety standards coming next month

MICHIGAN: As stakeholders gather today in Marquette to discuss the Upper Peninsula’s energy future, the extent to which renewable energy — particularly biomass — plays a role will be a central topic. (Midwest Energy News)

ALSO: Midwest Energy News will be in Marquette today to cover the Upper Peninsula Energy Summit, check for updates tomorrow.

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OIL AND GAS:
• North Dakota plans to release new crude oil safety standards next month. (Reuters)
• Falling oil prices slow oil sands development. (Bloomberg)
• South Dakota’s decision on Keystone XL will be more contentious this time around. (Associated Press)
• Enbridge files to replace a problematic Minnesota pipeline. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• A North Dakota ballot measure would put 5 percent of oil tax revenues into a conservation fund. (Los Angeles Times)
• North Dakota’s natural gas industry begins taking shape. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• Tribal officials will investigate reports of a burial ground in the path of a Michigan natural gas pipeline. (MLive)

UTILITIES: A Minnesota co-op is ordered to pay more than $6 million in damages in a stray voltage case, and why American Electric Power’s CEO is expecting “a fascinating 2015.” (Brainerd Dispatch, Columbus Business First)

NUCLEAR: A Minnesota tribe appeals a federal rule allowing on-site nuclear waste storage, and an Ohio nuclear plant is back online after an emergency shutdown a week ago. (Minneapolis Star Tribune, Cleveland Plain Dealer)

SOLAR: Two developers compete to fill Xcel’s share of Minnesota’s solar standard. (Recharge News)

POLITICS: Climate activist Tom Steyer’s political group targets Senate races in Michigan and Iowa, and why wind energy could upend the Kansas governor’s race. (The Hill, ThinkProgress)

COMMENTARY: Black lawmakers push back against utility solar arguments. (Grist)

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