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Judge rules Dakota Access pipeline can continue operating during review

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• A federal judge rules that the Dakota Access pipeline can remain in operation while an environmental impact study is completed. (Associated Press)
• Enbridge defends its plans for a pipeline replacement and expansion project in northern Minnesota, saying it’s necessary to maintain adequate oil supplies. (Associated Press)

SOLAR: Minnesota and Michigan are among the top 10 states for solar installation growth between the second quarters of 2016 and 2017; eight of the 10 fastest-growing solar states supported President Trump in the election. (Reuters)

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EFFICIENCY: Poultry farmers across the Midwest are turning to waste-heat recovery systems devised by a Missouri researcher that are meant to reduce heating bills. (Midwest Energy News)

CLEAN POWER PLAN: Ohio advocates say repealing the Clean Power Plan would not outweigh other factors that are making coal plants uneconomic there, and warn of the health impacts of delaying a transition away from coal. (Midwest Energy News)

• “In the Midwest, especially,” declining wind energy costs continue to put pressure on coal and nuclear plants. (E&E News)
• Construction is underway on a 90-megawatt wind project in Nebraska. (Hastings Tribune)

BIOFUELS: U.S. Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota says the federal farm bill can hold key provisions to support renewable energy in the state’s agriculture sector. (Mankato Free Press)

SUSTAINABILITY: Northwestern University unveils a new sustainability plan, which includes reaching net-zero emissions by 2050. (Crain’s Chicago Business)

CLIMATE: A new study says the Midwest’s transportation and infrastructure systems are at risk due to climate change impacts in the region. (Chicago Tribune)

UTILITIES: Ohio utility regulators have ordered an independent audit of Duke Energy’s disconnection practices. (Columbus Dispatch)

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OIL AND GAS: The North Dakota oil and gas industry is pushing back against proposed statewide rule changes, including more reporting requirements for small spills. (Bismarck Tribune)

• A Nebraska editorial board says tax credits for wind and solar should be phased out over time to allow the industry to continue its growth in the state. (Lincoln Journal Star)
• After the Ohio Supreme Court rejected an appeal by advocates seeking to ban fracking in Youngstown, voters will not be asked a seventh time to approve the “misguided, self-aggrandizing” effort. (Youngstown Vindicator)
• The Natural Resources Defense Council says Michigan’s clean energy transition is thriving amid federal efforts to support the coal industry.

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