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Michigan governor calls pipeline report ‘deeply concerning’

PIPELINES: Enbridge releases a report on coating gaps on the Line 5 pipeline beneath the Straits of Mackinac, which Gov. Rick Snyder calls “deeply concerning.” (MLive)

ALSO: Nebraska officials are expected to rule next week on the proposed Keystone XL pipeline route through the state. (Associated Press)

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GRID: Illinois ranks second in the country in a national assessment of how states are modernizing their electricity transmission and distribution systems. (Midwest Energy News)

• Schools in Minnesota are increasingly investing in solar energy by installing arrays owned by third parties or subscribing to community solar gardens. (Midwest Energy News)
• The University of Minnesota-Duluth plans to purchase 10% of the electricity from a utility’s community solar project. (Brainerd Dispatch)
• Minnesota’s community solar projects reach 170 MW of capacity. (PV Magazine)
• The The Indiana Municipal Power Association dedicates its 15th solar installation. (PV Magazine)
• Officials in a South Dakota county approve land use changes for a proposed 40 MW solar array. (Hot Springs Star)

UTILITIES: The president of the public utility serving Omaha says it will get half of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020. (Omaha World-Herald)

POLLUTION: A new report says African Americans disproportionately face health risks from refineries and other oil and gas infrastructure. (Reuters)

• Coal sales in Ohio were down 28 percent last year. (Columbus Dispatch)
• The general manager of a North Dakota co-op says the company is trying to “tease as much economic life as we can” out of its coal plants. (Prairie Public News)

POLITICS: Evidence is mounting that a controversial Department of Energy proposal to subsidize coal and nuclear plants was taken from an industry playbook, with coal company CEO Robert Murray wielding particular influence. (Greentech Media)

EFFICIENCY: The city of Winona, Minnesota plans to convert 2,500 streetlights to LEDs. (Winona Daily News)

BIOENERGY: Indiana University installs a bioreactor to convert carbon emissions captured from its heating plant into fertilizer. (WBAA)

CLIMATE: At a meeting organized by the Chicago-based Heartland Institute, opponents of taking action on climate change say “it’s like Christmas” under the Trump administration. (BuzzFeed)

• How Dynegy “is pulling out all the stops in Illinois to keep uneconomic and dirty coal plants running.” (Environmental Defense Fund)
• There is overwhelming evidence that natural gas has no climate benefits, and potent methane leaks could make climate change worse, says a writer for ThinkProgress.

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