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Lawsuit seeks to stop pipeline work in Ohio, Michigan

PIPELINES: A lawsuit filed by environmental groups seeks to stop work on the Nexus pipeline, which would cross Ohio and Michigan. (Associated Press)

• Enbridge says a recent report finding gaps in protective coating does not “represent a risk to the safe operation of Line 5,” but refuses to answer specific questions about the findings. (Detroit Free Press)
• Human error is blamed for a pipeline spill in North Dakota that leaked more than 11,000 gallons of brine. (Bismarck Tribune)

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TECHNOLOGY: A Wisconsin researcher receives an $825,000 grant to develop lightweight electric motors using a technology first developed by Benjamin Franklin. (Midwest Energy News)

UTILITIES: An Ohio utility tells state regulators that discounted power for Amazon data centers will post “little additional direct cost” to other customers, while the state’s consumer advocate is skeptical. (Columbus Dispatch)

NUCLEAR: Nuclear power producers worry about a “marriage of convenience” with the coal industry. (E&E News)

• Delays for a Wisconsin community solar project result in unexpected benefits for subscribers. (La Crosse Tribune)
• Utility officials dedicate Missouri’s largest solar farm. (Springfield News-Leader)
• A new solar co-op in Cuyahoga County, Ohio is holding public meetings this week. (Patch)

• A 15-year-old wind farm in Nebraska will be decommissioned and replaced with newer turbines. (Omaha World-Herald)
• A developer begins construction on a 320-megawatt wind farm in Nebraska, which is slated to provide electricity to a Facebook data center. (Kansas City Business Journal)

EFFICIENCY: Chicago officials approve a four-star energy rating system for buildings amid fears it would “stigmatize” less efficient structures. (Chicago Sun-Times)

GRID: Illinois regulators seek public comments on capacity issues. (Daily Energy Insider)

EPA: A federal push to lay off EPA employees has had a major impact in Chicago, where the local office has lost 61 employees. (Chicago Tonight)

CLIMATE: Wisconsin residents “have a front-row seat to the effects of global warming” as state research efforts remain on hold. (Madison Capital Times)

• An editorial says a Nebraska utility’s goal to reach 50 percent renewable energy “instills confidence in the future.” (Omaha World-Herald)
• An industry group highlights solar job growth in Iowa. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)
• Cities’ renewable energy pledges may overstate what they can really offer. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
• A Michigan researcher says subsidizing coal and nuclear plants could drive customers off the grid. (The Conversation)
• A Minnesota lawmaker says a proposed Enbridge pipeline project will test the state’s commitment to taking action on climate change. (MinnPost)

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