NOTE TO READERS: Midwest Energy News is taking a break for Thanksgiving. We’ll return on Monday, November 30.

CLEAN POWER PLAN: While Ohio officials object to the federal Clean Power Plan, they are in the early stages of exploring compliance options and an extension to submit a plan. (Midwest Energy News)

PIPELINES: Activists are seizing on the momentum of Keystone XL’s rejection by calling attention to another pipeline expansion project at the U.S./Canadian border. (Inside Climate News)

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NUCLEAR: Federal regulators find a Michigan nuclear plant will be safe to operate through 2031, which anti-nuclear advocates dispute. (MLive)

• Hundreds rally in North Dakota, often seen primarily as an oil state, to protest the Clean Power Plan’s potential impact on the state’s coal industry. (Rocky Mountain PBS)
In eastern Iowa, legacy coal-plant sites still threaten groundwater supplies. (KCRG-TV)

SOLAR: Xcel Energy reports that 24 community solar projects in Minnesota are moving towards construction and that the pace of applications has “slowed considerably.” (Renewable + Law)

• A new report shows carbon emissions per capita are highest in the least-populated, coal-dependent states. (Climate Central)
Using a $100,000 camera, advocates are visiting Ohio to film harmful emissions detected from shale gas operations. (Akron Beacon Journal)

RELIABILITY: Replacing large transformers still poses a challenge to cities, where they could take months to replace and threaten reliability. (EnergyWire)

FINANCING: A new study shows Property-Assessed Clean Energy financing does not put lenders at risk and creates a sale premium on the property. (Greentech Media)

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CAPACITY AUCTIONS: Federal regulators reject grid operator MISO’s request to make annual capacity auctions mandatory. (RTO Insider)

• As is evidence in Iowa, “Today’s farmers can play a key role in climate solutions.” (New York Times)
At least one Michigan business owner agrees: More legislative work is left to be done to strengthen clean-energy development in Michigan. (MLive, NRDC Switchboard)

Andy compiles the Midwest Energy News digest and was a journalism fellow for Midwest Energy News from 2014-2020. He is managing editor of MiBiz in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and was formerly a reporter and editor at City Pulse, Lansing’s alternative newsweekly.

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