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Michigan Gov. Snyder to approve Line 5 tunnel plan

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PIPELINES: Michigan lawmakers approve a framework for building a tunnel for the Line 5 pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac, which Gov. Rick Snyder said he intends to sign. (Detroit Free Press)

CLEAN ENERGY: After years of community demands for investment, clean energy jobs and development are coming to one of Chicago’s poorest and most isolated neighborhoods. (Energy News Network)

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UTILITIES: Clean energy advocates say the Omaha Public Power District’s carbon reduction pledge gives it significant leeway to still burn fossil fuels while hitting its target. (Energy News Network)

OIL & GAS:
• In addition to the Straits of Mackinac, more than a dozen other spots in the Great Lakes are vulnerable to oil spills from pipeline or rail, according to a report by the International Joint Commission. (Bridge Magazine)
• Health officials monitor the impact from a nearly 7,000-gallon oil spill at a well pad in western North Dakota. (Associated Press)

GRID: Non-wire alternatives including storage and distributed generation are a less risky and more flexible option for utilities than long-distance transmission, according to a new report. (Energy News Network)

SOLAR:
• Former Major League Baseball player and manager Dusty Baker launches a solar company that includes projects for historically black universities, cannabis growing, tribal reservations and commercial businesses. (Chicago Tribune)
• An Indianapolis-based wholesale power supplier plans to buy the generation from a 199 MW solar project through 2057. (Inside Indiana Business)
• Local officials in central Illinois approve plans for a second 2 MW solar project. (Peoria Journal Star)

COAL:
• Residents and environmental groups oppose a coal company’s plan to discharge water from a mining operation into a southern Illinois river. (Southern Illinoisan)
• Outgoing U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota says she will continue focusing on policy to support carbon capture and sequestration. (E&E News, subscription)

TRANSMISSION: Ameren uses drones to inspect increasing lengths of transmission lines. (Utility Dive)

CLIMATE: University of Wisconsin researchers say state residents can do their part by using rebates to install rooftop solar, switching to electric vehicles and making various energy efficiency upgrades. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

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CLEAN TECH: LG is closing a fuel cell research plant in Ohio after receiving millions of dollars in state funding. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

BIOFUELS: Illinois Rep. John Shimkus plans to introduce changes to the federal Renewable Fuel Standard in the next Congress. (E&E News, subscription)

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