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Leak shuts down Keystone pipeline in South Dakota

PIPELINES: The Keystone pipeline is shut down after a leak is discovered at a South Dakota pumping station. (Sioux Falls Argus Leader)

ALSO:
• A Minnesota regulator will not be disciplined after an investigation finds emails contained “poorly chosen words” rather than advocacy against a proposed pipeline project. (St. Paul Pioneer Press)
• Iowa landowners are growing increasingly upset over what they call the premature construction of the Bakken Access pipeline. (WHO-TV)

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OHIO: One analyst predicts the income-guarantee for AEP in Ohio will lead the utility to sell off 5 gigawatts of generation not covered under the power purchase agreement. (RTO Insider)

INDIANA: Taxpayers will be on the hook for $160,000 to fight an open-records request for correspondence related to a failed solar bill. (Fort Wayne Journal Gazette)

SOLAR:
• Illinois completes a plan for buying up to $30 million in solar energy in an effort to boost the industry in the state. (Crain’s Chicago Business)
• Minnesota-based Andersen Corporation signs agreements for 18 MW of community solar. (news release)

COAL:
• Ohio provides a snapshot for coal’s declining share of generation, down to 59 percent of the state’s portfolio in 2015 from 82 percent in 2010. (Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis)
The “worsening financial crisis” for major U.S. coal companies is sparking fears that taxpayers could be on the hook for billions in mine cleanup costs. (Washington Post)

POLLUTION: Michigan regulators reject proposed changes to air permit rules that would have limited the chemicals that the state oversees. (Associated Press)

HYDRO: A northern Minnesota county prepares to begin importing electricity through a new transmission line from hydro dams in Manitoba. (ClimateWire)

OIL: North Dakota’s rig count falls below 30, down from a high of 207 in 2012. (UPI)

UTILITIES: Going with alternative suppliers has cost Ohio natural gas customers more than $1 billion since 1997, according to a regulatory filing. (Columbus Dispatch)

GRID: Ameren Missouri will spend $25 million to upgrade its electric infrastructure in downtown St. Louis. (St. Louis Business Journal)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Transportation officials in the Twin Cities look to add five electric-powered buses to a regional agency’s fleet. (Finance & Commerce)

EFFICIENCY: The Iowa State Capitol building is testing new LED lighting that officials hope will eventually pay for itself. (WHO-TV)

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POLITICS: A guest lecturer at the University of Michigan says fossil fuels have environmental benefits. (Michigan Review)

COMMENTARY: Lost in the shuffle of the Ohio “bailout” cases is a pledge by FirstEnergy to cut carbon emissions 90 percent by 2045. (Akron Beacon Journal)

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