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Michigan pipeline deal left groups in the dark, critics say

PIPELINES: Tribal leaders in Michigan say their concerns about Line 5’s potential to violate treaty fishing rights have been ignored by Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration. (Energy News Network)

• Members of an independent state agency required to finalize a deal with Enbridge to tunnel Line 5 say state officials did not consult with them about the plan. (Detroit Free Press)
• A trial starts today in Minnesota for pipeline activists facing felonies who say the threat of climate change motivated their actions. (Minnesota Public Radio)
• A federal judge’s decision on whether Dakota Access pipeline studies adequately addressed tribes’ concerns could be months away. (Associated Press)

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• A clean energy advocate says investing in solar is a better deal for MidAmerican Energy ratepayers in Iowa compared to expensive demand response programs. (Energy News Network)
• A western Michigan city signs its first wholesale power purchase agreement for solar ahead of plans to close a coal plant. (Grand Haven Tribune)
• An off-the-grid building at the University of Michigan is made of straw bales and powered by solar. (Detroit News)

BIOMASS: A United Nations report calling for drastic changes to address climate change says biomass from agricultural waste or specialty crops could play a role in reducing power sector emissions. (NPR Illinois)

• President Trump is expected to lift a federal ban on summer sales of higher-ethanol blends of gasoline ahead of a trip to Iowa this week. (Reuters)
• Iowa Congressman Steve King says the U.S. should not have limits on ethanol blending. (Radio Iowa)

UTILITIES: Consumers Energy seeks to curtail the taxes it pays on assets, which are slated to double to $400 million in the coming years with grid modernization projects. (Crain’s Detroit Business)

COAL: An August federal court ruling has delayed plans to close a coal ash storage pit in southeastern Indiana. (WSCH)

WIND: The owners of three wind turbines in northeastern Iowa challenge a court order to have the structures torn down in the coming months. (Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier)

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RENEWABLES: A Nebraska public utility looks to gauge interest among residents for wind and solar power as a way to reduce electric bills. (KSNB)

COMMENTARY: A columnist says Michigan officials are “rolling the dice” with a risky plan to tunnel Enbridge’s Line 5 beneath the Straits of Mackinac. (Detroit Free Press)

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