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Judge denies temporary restraining order on Dakota Access construction

SOLAR:
• Iowa advocates are concerned about a utility’s distributed generation pilot program they believe would limit the amount of energy solar customers are allowed to offset on their electricity bill. (Midwest Energy News)
• An Indiana school district moves forward on a project adding solar panels at four of the district’s five schools. (The Times of Northwest Indiana)

PIPELINES:
• A federal judge denies a temporary restraining order seeking to halt construction of the Dakota Access pipeline, but he will require the developer to provide weekly updates of when oil begins to flow. (Bismarck Tribune)
• Analysts say the Trump administration’s newfound focus on pipelines won’t be a panacea for steel demand in Minnesota’s Iron Range. (Minnesota Public Radio)

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WIND: For the first time, Great Plains states produced more than half of the region’s electricity from wind power. (Bloomberg)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: The rollout of the longer-range, lower-priced Chevrolet Bolt may mark a turning point for the electric vehicle market. (NPR)

RENEWABLES: Nebraska lawmakers hear testimony on legislation to encourage shared solar projects and identify “wind-friendly” counties. (Scottsbluff Star Herald)

NUCLEAR: The head of the Nuclear Energy Institute says the industry is “reaching a tipping point as policymakers have come to appreciate the risk of losing nuclear plants.” (RTO Insider)

EFFICIENCY: Ann Arbor, Michigan joins other cities in establishing a “2030 District,” which aims to cut energy usage and transportation emissions by 50 percent. (MLive)

OIL AND GAS: Plans to drill five new oil and gas wells on federally owned land in western North Dakota move forward. (Forum News Service)

CLIMATE: A new report says the Trump administration would face a “complicated legal battle” if it attempts to withdraw from the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change. (Greenwire)

CLEAN TECH: Chicago-based renewable energy developer Invenergy launches a venture capital fund to invest in companies that use technology to improve energy management. (Utility Dive)

COAL:
• President Trump reportedly cancels a trip to Ohio where he planned to sign a bill reversing the Obama administration’s stream protection rule. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
• The sentiment for Illinois Basin coal has been positive recently, though “few deals are getting done with buyers and sellers still far apart.” (Platts)

UTILITIES: Duke Energy is dispatching a team of customer service employees to Indiana to confront widespread complaints of high heating bills the past two months. (Terre Haute Tribune Star)

COMMENTARY:
• With its declining cost, improved reliability management and public interest, wind energy “can be the new baseload,” according to a wind advocacy group. (Morning Consult)
 Clean energy advocates say proponents of a plan to build a major natural gas plant to replace coal-burning units in Minnesota don’t mention that the project “is a multibillion-dollar boondoggle.” (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
Indiana researchers and the leader of an investment firm write columns opposing plans to eliminate the state’s net metering program. (South Bend Tribune, Fort Wayne Journal Gazette)

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