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Keystone pipeline returns to service, cause of spill still unknown

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BIOMASS: Wood-fired power plants in Michigan face an uncertain future in the coming years as they compete for utility contracts with wind and solar. (Energy News Network)

PIPELINES:
• The Keystone pipeline returns to service two weeks after it spilled 383,000 gallons of oil in North Dakota; the pipeline owner is still investigating the cause of the leak. (Associated Press)
• Enbridge purchases a city-owned parcel of land in northern Wisconsin as it evaluates options for re-routing the Line 5 pipeline. (KBJR)

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WIND: A four-county region in South Dakota sees an influx of workers from wind construction projects. (Watertown Public Opinion)

EMISSIONS: U.S. investor-owned utilities plan protocols for natural gas suppliers to measure and disclose methane emissions. (E&E News, subscription)

SOLAR:
• A city council in northwestern Illinois adopts new solar regulations for residential and commercial projects. (WHBF)
• A Michigan startup is among seven selected for a $1 million U.S. Department of Energy grant to build new solar technology prototypes. (PV Magazine)
• A Minnesota nonprofit that provides solar assistance and does solar projects in low-income and Native American communities receives a $408,000 foundation grant. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• JP Morgan Chase completes a 2.8 MW rooftop solar installation on a building in Columbus, Ohio, using bifacial solar panels. (PV Magazine)
• An Illinois community college offers a new course on solar installation training. (news release)

COAL:
• A proposed coal plant in Kansas — the only one planned in the U.S. — must start construction by March or lose its state permit. (E&E News, subscription)
• Murray Energy “out of nowhere” drops its defamation lawsuit against HBO and “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver.” (E&E News, subscription)

COMMENTARY:
• A U.S. Army specialist says skills as an aircraft mechanic “transferred easily” into a wind turbine technician job. (American Wind Energy Association blog)
• A Kansas editorial board says a utility’s renewed interest in building a new coal plant “reflects the very latest thinking from the 1880s.” (Kansas City Star)

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