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Keystone XL may be revived under Trump presidency

PIPELINES: TransCanada looks to revive its Keystone XL pipeline plan, which was rejected by President Obama, during Donald Trump’s presidency. (Washington Post)

ALSO:
• U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer of North Dakota says the Dakota Access issue will be moot by the time Trump takes office in January, as he expects final federal permits to be issued by then. (Bismarck Tribune)
• Trump’s election represents a new challenge to Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipeline opponents. (Reuters)
• North Dakota’s governor-elect is staying mum on what should happen next with the Dakota Access pipeline. (Bismarck Tribune)
• A pipeline safety expert hired by a Native American tribe says the Dakota Access pipeline is prone to spills and should be rerouted. (InsideClimate News)

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SOLAR:
• A Minneapolis tax attorney and former bank president has a plan that would make it easier for tax-exempt entities to own renewable energy projects, “with investors and contributors making very good returns on their investments.” (Midwest Energy News)
• The recently extended Investment Tax Credit could be on the chopping block, some experts say. (PV-Tech)

POLICY: The Michigan Senate is expected to vote today on sweeping energy legislation, which clean energy groups and some major employers in the state still oppose. (Detroit News)

COAL: Without congressional action, retired coal miners could lose health and pension benefits by the end of the year. (St. Louis Public Radio)

ELECTION:
• Coal CEO Robert Murray said Donald Trump’s election is a “victory for the working men and women of America.” (The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register)
• Trump’s election has “imperiled” efforts at the United Nations to slow climate change, throwing two new climate treaties into “turmoil at a critical moment.” (Climate Central)
• Renewable energy company shares plunged early Wednesday after Trump’s election, while shares for coal companies soared. (Washington Post)
• Keep it in the Ground activists feel “all hell breaks loose” with Trump’s election, while the fossil fuel industry view it as a “welcome reset.” (EnergyWire, Greenwire)

EFFICIENCY: Two Minneapolis/St. Paul-based energy efficiency nonprofits plan to join forces, merging into one entity with 120 employees and a $16 million budget. (Minneapolis Star-Tribune)

OIL AND GAS: Ohio regulators approve plans by AEP to transition three coal-burning units in the state to natural gas by 2030. (The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register)

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CLEAN POWER PLAN: Chances of the plan surviving in its current form or a Supreme Court review are slim, legal experts say as opponents update their plan to kill it. (Platts, Greentech Media)

COMMENTARY:
• After two years and several amendments, comprehensive energy bills proposed in Michigan “still fail to deliver on the state’s desire to ensure a clean, affordable, reliable energy future.” (Natural Resources Defense Council)
• Indiana is in the midst of an energy transition that will reduce emissions and change the way electricity is consumed. (Fort Wayne Journal Gazette)
• Michigan and Nevada are examples of states taking different paths on electric market regulation. (Detroit News)

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