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In Indiana, a rush to install solar projects before net metering changes take effect

SOLAR:
• The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe install a fifth solar project on its reservation in Minnesota to help low-income residents. (Bemidji Pioneer)
• Organizers in an Indiana city are launching an effort to get new solar installation contracts signed ahead of net metering changes. (Indiana Public Media)

CLEAN ENERGY:
• The University of Minnesota has a “multi-pronged” approach to long-term clean energy investments, culminating in a goal of being carbon neutral by 2050. (Midwest Energy News)
• The Michigan Agency for Energy is offering $100,000 in grants to entities that launch energy efficiency or renewable energy projects with a public benefit. (The Peninsula)
• Utility officials gathered in Wisconsin discuss how clean energy can translate into lower rates for customers. (WXOW)

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PIPELINES:
• North Dakota regulators propose a $15,000 settlement with the Dakota Access pipeline developer over improperly reporting Native American artifacts during construction. (Bismarck Tribune)
• Nebraska farmers and landowners vow to continue fighting the Keystone XL pipeline in court if state regulators approve new construction through the state. (Bloomberg)
• Minnesota is adding another layer of scrutiny to the environmental review process of Enbridge’s planned Line 3 pipeline replacement and expansion. (Duluth News Tribune)

WIND:
• While small, distributed wind installations are growing in popularity in Ohio, the state still lags in utility-scale wind projects due largely to opposition from state lawmakers. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
• A South Dakota judge rules in favor of concerned residents who sought wind turbine setbacks of three-quarters of a mile at what will be the largest wind project in the state. (Watertown Public Opinion)

BIOFUELS: A North Dakota ethanol plant is offering corn growers higher prices per bushel to replace what’s been lost in drought-stricken fields. (Bismarck Tribune)

SMART GRID:
• More than 60,000 Ameren gas and electric customers in central Illinois will have smart meters installed in the coming months. (Bloomington Pantagraph)
• DTE Energy is issuing shut-off notices to some customers in southeast Michigan who refuse to give up their analog meters. (MLive)

COAL: Missouri-based coal company Armstrong Energy says it may be necessary to file for bankruptcy, citing “recurring losses from operations.” (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

OIL AND GAS:
• The federal government halts drilling at a series of oil wells near a lake and a resort in North Dakota that falls within the boundaries of a tribal reservation. (Bismarck Tribune)
• A Canadian energy company offers to buy an oil refinery in Superior, Wisconsin for $435 million. (Milwaukee Business Journal)
• A company in Youngstown, Ohio is suing the developer of a proposed natural gas plant for $6.9 million over a property sale agreement. (Youngstown Vindicator)

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EFFICIENCY: A library in Saginaw, Michigan is a finalist in the state’s annual Governor’s Energy Excellence Awards for various energy efficiency investments. (MLive)

COMMENTARY:
• A solar company says customer demand and cheaper prices are driving “large, voluntary, non-mandated growth of community solar in co-ops and public power utilities.” (Energy Collective)
• An official with NRG says zero-emissions credits for nuclear plants like those in Illinois are “bad public policy” and “no win for renewables.” (Greentech Media)

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