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Federal regulators approve construction of NEXUS gas pipeline

CLEAN TECH: A Chicago-based accelerator will spend the next two years developing an investment model that better suits the needs of clean-energy startups. (Midwest Energy News)

• Federal regulators allow construction to start on the controversial $2 billion, 257-mile NEXUS gas pipeline through Ohio and Michigan. (Toledo Blade)
• A lawsuit against environmental groups opposed to the Dakota Access pipeline continues the narrative that protesters were “violent adversaries.” (Grist)
• Details on a proposed settlement between North Dakota regulators and the Dakota Access pipeline developer over artifacts discovered during construction remains confidential. (Bismarck Tribune)

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• A community solar project on a reservation in Minnesota is the first in the nation to be formally linked with an energy assistance program meant to help low-income residents. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• Indiana school districts rush to complete solar projects before new net metering rules take effect. (Anderson Herald Bulletin)

• Murray Energy’s CEO says the company is facing imminent bankruptcy if the federal government doesn’t step in to save the merchant generation arm of FirstEnergy, which is one of its key customers. (SNL)
• President Trump’s former campaign manager advocated for measures promoted by FirstEnergy and Murray Energy to support struggling coal plants, raising concerns within the administration over his role as a lobbyist for the companies. (Politico)

• Michigan is among several states where adding energy storage can be a profitable investment for businesses, a new study finds. (Bloomberg)
• Grid operator MISO continues to take input from stakeholders over potential energy storage interconnection and transmission cost recovery. (RTO Insider)

ELECTRIC CHOICE: The Illinois attorney general accuses an alternative electric supplier of using “aggressive” and “deceptive” sales practices. (ABC 7)

OIL AND GAS: The U.S. Forest Service approves plans for a firm to do seismic testing for oil and gas reserves in South Dakota. (Hot Springs Star)

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CLIMATE: County officials in northeast Illinois pledge to launch local climate change initiatives. (Daily Herald)

• Advocates say the CEO of Peabody Energy is asking for “handouts” in order to save the struggling coal industry. (Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis)
• A South Dakota-based columnist says wind development is “subtly changing our landscape and way of life.” (Watertown Public Opinion)

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