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Emails show close relationship between Michigan, Enbridge on Line 5

PIPELINES: Critics say Michigan officials have maintained a close relationship with Enbridge, allowing the company “extensive input on the fate” of Line 5. (Bridge Magazine)

• Emails show the state was recently notified of multiple small leaks from Line 5, highlighting potential risks outside of the Straits of Mackinac. (Bridge Magazine)
• More than two dozen people speak in opposition to Enbridge’s request to install more anchor supports in the Straits of Mackinac to bolster Line 5. (Associated Press)

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NUCLEAR: Ohio’s Davis-Besse nuclear plant is scheduled to close within three years, but decommissioning the plant could take up to 60 years to deal with radioactive fuel and waste. (Energy News Network)

EMISSIONS: Smart thermostats and electric heating will be key for cities like Chicago to meet carbon-reduction goals, according to a recent report. (Energy News Network)

• Developers and county officials disagree over whether a 72-acre solar project in southwestern Missouri is exempt from property taxes under state law. (Springfield News-Leader)
• Construction begins this fall on what is believed to be Wisconsin’s first solar-powered, net-zero neighborhood. (Milwaukee Business Journal)
• A group-buying program in southwestern Illinois hits its first 50 kW capacity milestone. (Alton Telegraph)
• Construction is nearly complete on a 1.16 MW solar project at an Upper Peninsula airport. (Escanaba Daily Press)
• A solar-powered fire station in Ypsilanti, Michigan, is expected to save the city $6,000 a year in energy costs. (Efficient Gov)

BIOFUELS: The U.S. EPA scraps a plan that would have forced refiners to increase biofuel blends with gasoline and diesel next year. (Reuters)

• Missouri regulators approve a utility’s scaled-back plan to close a coal plant early and develop hundreds of megawatts of wind. (Joplin Globe)
• Kansas regulators approve Westar Energy’s program that allows businesses to directly purchase wind energy. (Topeka Capital-Journal)
• Landowners organize support and opposition around plans for the first wind project in a central Illinois county. (Decatur Herald & Review)
• State regulators approve plans for a 300 MW wind project in northeastern South Dakota. (Associated Press)
• A judge grants a rehearing for opponents of a proposed wind project in western Ohio. (Springfield News-Sun)

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EFFICIENCY: A Wisconsin brewery is awarded for energy efficiency upgrades made through state incentives. (Sauk Prairie Eagle)

TRANSPORTATION: A 1,700-mile, cross-country solar car endurance rally begins this weekend in Omaha, Nebraska. (Fremont Tribune)

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