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Keystone XL approved in Nebraska, but uncertainty remains for TransCanada

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KEYSTONE XL: On a 3-2 vote, Nebraska regulators approve the Keystone XL pipeline through the state — but not TransCanada’s preferred route, raising questions about whether the company will continue to pursue the project. (Lincoln Journal Star)

• As opponents prepare for legal challenges, the project also faces market uncertainty after crude oil prices were cut in half since it was first proposed in 2008. (Reuters)
• Opponents are beginning to organize to potentially block construction through peaceful protest. (The Intercept)

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GRID: Critics say a plan by grid operator PJM would reward coal and nuclear plants in Ohio and elsewhere in the region by allowing them to help set electricity prices on the wholesale market. (Midwest Energy News)

• The final draft of a report analyzing alternative options for Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline through the Straits of Mackinac is released, drawing support from the company and criticism from opponents who say it is similar to an earlier draft. (MLive)
• TransCanada plans to collect water samples from a drainage ditch near the site of a 210,000-gallon oil spill from the Keystone pipeline in South Dakota. (Associated Press)

• Kansas’ largest utility, Westar Energy, is seeking approval of a program that would allow corporations to directly purchase wind energy. (E&E News, subscription)
• The developers of a planned 150-megawatt wind project in North Dakota say it is meant to “avoid direct impact on areas of archeological, tribal and historical significance.” (Jamestown Sun)
• Residents speak out against plans for a 75-turbine wind project in northern Indiana, even though the developer has secured about 50 square miles of land through lease agreements. (Logansport Pharos-Tribune)

• The U.S. International Trade Commission makes public its report to President Trump on how cheap solar panel imports unfairly harm U.S. panel producers. (Utility Dive)
• Voters in a central Illinois township unanimously approve plans for local officials to lease property for an 18-acre solar project. (Peoria Journal Star)

BIOFUELS: Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds says she faced protests while in Texas last week over her support for ethanol policies. (Radio Iowa)

• A climate advocate in Minnesota says state and federal lawmakers from both parties should support carbon fee and dividend plans. (Duluth News Tribune)
• A Forbes contributor asks what’s next for Keystone XL? “Unfortunately for TransCanada, the likely answer is more litigation.”

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