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PIPELINES: Enbridge is no longer pursuing its proposed Sandpiper pipeline in Minnesota, saying the project is no longer needed. (Minnesota Public Radio)

• A federal judge refuses to stop work on the Dakota Access pipeline amid challenges from the Three Affiliated Tribes. (Associated Press)
• The Dakota Access project was approved by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers despite objections from multiple federal agencies. (InsideClimate News)
• Iowa’s governor says farmers are getting fair compensation in exchange for eminent domain being used to acquire right-of-way for the project. (KCRG)
Jane Kleeb, an activist who played a prominent role in the fight against Keystone XL, turns her organization’s attention to Dakota Access. (Bloomberg)
• Despite claims that the Dakota Access pipeline will be “100%” for domestic consumption, regulator filings suggest at least some of the oil may be destined for export. (The Intercept)
• Opponents of an Ohio natural gas pipeline say someone is sending fake letters in support of the project to federal regulators. (Fox 8)

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• In Ohio, natural gas production is increasing while oil is falling. (Columbus Dispatch)
• A Chicago-area refinery celebrates 90 years in business. (Chicago Tribune)
• Akron’s transit agency opens a compressed natural gas fueling station. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
• A dispute over a 2015 Ohio Supreme Court decision on county charters could affect local oversight of drilling operations. (Athens Messenger)
• An oil field waste landfill is under review for having tons of illegal radioactive material at its site in North Dakota. (Bismarck Tribune)

• A Twin Cities apartment developer is making a major investment in solar power, hoping it will save money and attract new tenants. (Midwest Energy News)
• An Illinois college will install solar panels as part of a $1 billion revolving fund for clean energy investment. (Chicago Tribune)
• A 5 MW solar array goes online in Indiana. (WANE)

ELECTRIC CARS: Tesla Motors cannot bypass dealerships and sell vehicles directly to Missouri customers, according to a recent court ruling. (Associated Press)

NUCLEAR: Chicago-based Exelon Corp. bets big on nuclear energy, which accounts for 64 percent of the company’s energy portfolio. (Power)

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HYDRO: A Nebraska city is pursuing a state grant for a turbine that will be powered by currents from the Missouri River. (Sioux City Journal)

• “There are a few lessons we can learn from the heartland” on large-scale deployment of renewable energy. (Slate)
• Despite a lack of support at the state level, “local governments and the utilities that serve them in Wisconsin are moving in the right direction” on clean energy. (Union of Concerned Scientists)

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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