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Line 3 pipeline opponents shift focus to Minnesota courts

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MICROGRIDS: More frequent extreme weather in the Midwest due to climate change presses the resiliency case for microgrids. (Energy News Network)

• Opponents of the Line 3 pipeline replacement project in northern Minnesota shift their focus to the state Court of Appeals. (Associated Press)
• Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder appoints three members to a new authority that would oversee a tunnel for a pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac before a final agreement is reached. (Detroit News)

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COAL: Federal regulators want a closer look into whether We Energies accurately estimated customer savings after closing a 1,190 MW Wisconsin coal plant. (RTO Insider)

OIL AND GAS: Northern Minnesota and Wisconsin residents call on federal officials to stop the use of hydrogen fluoride at an oil refinery following an explosion last year caused by a faulty valve. (Minnesota Public Radio)

• We Energies’ plan to lease rooftops from commercial and industrial customers for solar faces pushback from clean energy advocates who say the utility could have an unfair advantage over private development. (E&E News, subscription)
• Developers seek utility interest in buying power from a planned 20 MW solar project in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. (Word on the Street)
• A northern Minnesota tribe pushes for community solar to include low-income residents on renewable energy projects. (EcoWatch)

CLIMATE: U.S. state and local officials say they remain committed to reduce carbon emissions despite the Trump administration’s efforts to promote fossil fuels at a global climate conference in Poland. (NPR)

STORAGE: Michigan researchers say pumped hydro plants, electric vehicles and buildings can provide reliable energy storage to facilitate renewables. (Yale Climate Connections)

BIOFUELS: Industry advocates defend the Renewable Fuel Standard during a House Energy Committee hearing on legislation that would sunset the policy. (Radio Iowa)

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CLEAN TECH: Renovations are complete at clean energy research center in Milwaukee while more additions are expected in 2020. (Milwaukee Business Journal)

• A proposal being considered by the Department of Energy to capture carbon from an Illinois coal plant is worth exploring, an editorial board says. (Springfield State Journal-Register)
• Iowa climate advocates say the state should remain committed to renewable energy to prevent the worst impacts of climate change. (Iowa City Press-Citizen)

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