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Iowa pulls pipeline permit amid tribal land conflict

PIPELINES:
• Federal and state authorities withdraw a construction permit for the Dakota Access oil pipeline in Iowa to investigate reports it crosses sacred tribal burial grounds. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)
• The Dakota Access developer seeks to dismiss lawsuits from Iowa landowners over the company’s use of eminent domain. (Sioux City Journal)

RENEWABLES: While Wisconsin hit its 10 percent renewable energy target last year, advocates say the state risks falling behind others without further action. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

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SOLAR:
• An Iowa college considers a third-party solar-plus-storage project on campus as a way to increase its solar generation by working around its utility. (Midwest Energy News)
Supporters face obstacles to growing the solar industry in Iowa. (The Gazette)
Environmental groups raise concerns about the details within a utility’s community solar plans for Duluth, Minnesota. (Duluth News Tribune)
A northern Michigan high school student is working on a $25,000 senior project to bring solar panels to his high school. (Traverse City Record-Eagle)

NUCLEAR: An industry official says there needs to be a greater sense of urgency to keep nuclear plants from closing prematurely. (Toledo Blade)

EFFICIENCY: Ameren announces support for a proposed bill in Illinois to save Exelon’s struggling nuclear plants after an amendment is added to change energy efficiency rules in southern Illinois. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

CARBON: A site in Decatur, Illinois is testing the feasibility of negative carbon emissions from energy production through bioenergy with carbon capture and storage. (Carbon Brief)

ELECTRIC CHOICE: Supporters of a deregulated electricity market are pushing back against a bill moving through the Michigan legislature. (Detroit News)

WIND:
• Whirlpool Corp. plans to install wind turbines at two more of its plants in Ohio. (Associated Press)
• A Nebraska wind project faces more delays amid local opposition. (Omaha World-Herald)

EMISSIONS: Michigan officials approve new air permits for the Marathon refinery near Detroit they say will lower sulfur dioxide emissions. (Associated Press)

UTILITIES:
• The parent company of Kansas City Power & Light will buy rival Westar Energy for $8.6 billion. (Reuters)
• Insurance giant Nationwide has filed a complaint with Ohio regulators against AEP, claiming the utility was negligent in its role leading to a 2014 power outage incident. (Columbus Dispatch)

COAL:
• Two Ohio lawmakers continue their push to ensure coal miners are guaranteed health benefits as companies struggle to stay afloat. (The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register)
In addition to environmental regulations and competition from natural gas, the capacity auction process is also leading to coal plants being shuttered in southern Illinois. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
Questions remain over an Illinois coal mine that has been in the works for years. (News-Gazette)
Coal dropped to 23.8 percent of the U.S. utility-scale generating mix in March. (Platts / Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis)

OIL AND GAS:
• Businesses and legislators are optimistic about the future of the industry following last week’s oil and gas conference in North Dakota. (Forum News Service)
It “doesn’t make much sense” that a North Dakota county is seeing a baby boom amid the oil industry downturn. (KFYR-TV)

TRANSPORTATION: Students at Ohio State University take top honors in a competition to develop a more energy-efficient vehicle. (Columbus Dispatch)

COMMENTARY:
• Presidential hopeful Donald Trump’s visit to North Dakota last week provides a boost to the region’s oil and gas industry. (Bismarck Tribune)
With major wind developments, the energy transition is on full display in Iowa. (NRDC)
ComEd’s and Exelon’s proposed energy bill in Illinois “doesn’t do enough to protect consumers or the environment.” (Union of Concerned Scientists)
Proposed legislation in Michigan attacks workers in the state’s nascent solar industry. (Crain’s Detroit Business)

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