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Industry official: Activism delaying pipeline projects

PIPELINES: An industry official says it’s taking longer for pipeline projects to be approved and completed due to opposition from activists and landowners. (Greenwire)

ALSO:
• Iowa’s state archaeologist says the Dakota Access project should avoid a sacred tribal burial site, raising questions about whether the pipeline will need to be relocated in a portion of the state. (Des Moines Register)
• Iowa regulators may decide on a construction timeline for the project today. (WHO-TV)
Authorities say 200 barrels of diesel spilled from a pipeline in Michigan after a farmer struck it with an excavator. (MLive)

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WIND: A Nebraska company is helping develop a new approach to wind energy at a grain silo in Minneapolis that would create electricity from wasted heat. (Midwest Energy News)

NUCLEAR:
• Exelon says two more nuclear plants — in Illinois and Pennsylvania — are next to be considered “economically challenged” in the utility’s fleet. (Quad-City Times)
• Exelon retirees join the fight to help keep Illinois nuclear plants open. (Quad-City Times)
• A single Missouri nuclear plant supplies 83 percent of the state’s carbon-free electricity. (ClimateWire)

OIL AND GAS: A panel of industry officials says natural gas is poised to make up a larger share of Wisconsin’s energy mix. (WisBusiness.com)

POLITICS: The main U.S. coal mining union gives a rare endorsement to a Republican Senate candidate, supporting the re-election bid of Rob Portman from Ohio. (The Hill)

COAL:
• Layoffs and site cleanup begin at a southern Michigan coal plant that recently went offline. (Coldwater Daily Reporter)
• Peabody Energy files suit in a St. Louis court over another company’s failure to close a $358 million acquisition deal for mines in Colorado and New Mexico. (St. Louis Business Journal)

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CLIMATE: Scientists are reconsidering ways to measure methane’s effect on climate change. (Climate Central)

COMMENTARY:
• Coal producers’ response to changing markets and technology has generally been defensive, rather than innovative. (Slate)
There is room for compromise over legislative plans for electric choice in Michigan. (Detroit News)
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In the context of maintaining struggling nuclear plants, predicting the future of energy markets is often flawed. (Champaign News-Gazette)

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