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Enbridge pipeline plans move forward in Michigan, Minnesota

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PIPELINES:
• Michigan officials release a final agreement with Enbridge to build a tunnel for the Line 5 pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac. (Associated Press)
• Minnesota regulators deny a request to reconsider a route permit issued for Enbridge’s Line 3 replacement. (Minnesota Public Radio)

WIND: Wisconsin regulators approve Alliant Energy’s plan for a 150 MW wind project in northern Iowa. (Wisconsin State Journal)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Minnesota utilities will be required to file detailed plans next year on how they will help boost EV adoption. (Minnesota Public Radio)

EFFICIENCY: The Indiana lawmaker behind a 2015 bill allowing utilities to create their own efficiency programs doesn’t plan to revisit the issue next year. (WFYI)

TRANSMISSION: A controversial 180-mile, $580 million transmission project in western Wisconsin comes online after three years of construction. (Wisconsin State Journal)

SOLAR:
• Experts say the recent slump in solar installations due to tariffs is not yet indicative of a larger trend. (E&E News, subscription)
• A northeastern Illinois county has approved plans this year for 28 solar projects. (Morris Herald-News)

RENEWABLES:
• Amid coal plant closures, multiple Midwest utilities are among U.S. power companies modeling renewable energy as a replacement. (Utility Dive)
• A couple builds a net-zero home in southeastern Minnesota relying on renewable energy and efficiency. (Rochester Magazine)
• Minnesota Democrats will likely take up legislation next year to expand renewable energy and fuels. (Mankato Free Press)

REGULATION: The chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio says the state’s grid modernization plan is a “conservative approach to progressive utility policy.” (Utility Dive)

BIOFUELS: A planned $600 million waste-to-fuel plant in Gary, Indiana, could end up supplying some United Airlines planes. (Chicago Tribune)

EMISSIONS: Transportation is the leading source of greenhouse gas emissions in southwestern Michigan, experts say. (WMUK)

NUCLEAR: Iowa regulators approve Alliant Energy’s request to stop purchasing power from the state’s only nuclear power plant, which is scheduled to close in 2020. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

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COAL: A federal bankruptcy judge approves an agreement between Murray Energy and a FirstEnergy subsidiary to settle the coal company’s $3.1 billion damage claim against the utility. (Platts)

COMMENTARY:
• An attorney representing leaders of an anti-wind group in Ohio is fighting other renewable energy projects in the state on behalf of the coal industry, a watchdog group says. (Energy and Policy Institute)
• Power companies with strong emission-reduction targets make an economic case for climate action in other sectors, experts say. (GreenBiz)

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