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Keystone XL pipeline construction expected to start next year

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PIPELINES: The developer of the Keystone XL pipeline expects to start construction next year, after the Trump administration issued a report Friday downplaying the risk of environmental damage. (Associated Press)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Illinois regulators seek input on what plug-in electric vehicles will mean for grid resiliency and energy efficiency. (Energy News Network)

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EFFICIENCY: Minneapolis is expected to save more than $150,000 annually by upgrading thousands of streetlights to LEDs. (WCCO)

RENEWABLES: Indiana utility NIPSCO says replacing nearly 2,000 MW of coal with renewables and storage will save customers $4.3 billion. (PV Magazine)

SOLAR:
• Minnesota’s newest solar panel factory opens on the Iron Range. (Minnesota Public Radio)
• Rural Illinois communities confront a wave of solar development after the 2016 Future Energy Jobs Act. (Illinois Newsroom)
• The University of Minnesota installs solar panels at nine different sites on campus. (Minnesota Daily)

GRID: Five Midwest states will receive U.S. Department of Agriculture loans to improve electricity service in rural areas. (Utility Dive)

COAL:
• Consumers Energy continues the cleanup of a former coal gasification plant in eastern Michigan. (MLive)
• The University of Notre Dame expects to retire its coal supplies by mid-2019, more than a year ahead of schedule. (South Bend Tribune)
• Duke Energy Indiana reaches a settlement with consumer groups that will save $30 million in operating costs at its Edwardsport coal gasification plant. (Inside Indiana Business)

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OIL AND GAS:
• Shareholders of Ohio-based Marathon Petroleum approve a $23.3 billion acquisition of a Texas company that will make it the largest U.S. oil refiner. (Toledo Blade)
• Oil safety regulators throw out Obama-era requirements for crude oil and ethanol trains to install advanced braking systems. (E&E News, subscription)

COMMENTARY:
• Two Illinois lawmakers say Gov. Bruce Rauner is stalling on clean energy policy. (Chicago Sun-Times)
• Solar advocates say Michigan residents should demand lawmakers to restore fair net metering in the state. (Traverse City Record-Eagle)

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