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Midwest flooding increases Keystone XL pipeline risks, opponents say

WIND: An agreement between Ohio regulatory staff and an offshore wind developer over bird and bat monitoring could allow a 20.7 MW demonstration project in Lake Erie to move forward. (Energy News Network)

ALSO:
• A new developer takes over plans for a western Minnesota wind project after a dispute over the former owner’s hiring practices. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• State regulators approve plans for a 310 MW wind project in eastern South Dakota. (Watertown Public Opinion)
• An Indianapolis wind developer posts a $22.9 million loss in the first quarter due to acquisitions and finishing weather-delayed projects. (Indianapolis Business Journal)

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ADVOCACY: Community and environmental groups fear an Illinois bill to significantly increase penalties for trespassing on the property of “critical infrastructure” could chill protests over fossil fuels and climate change. (Energy News Network)

PIPELINES:
• Flood-prone areas of the Midwest increase the risk of leaks and spills from the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, critics say. (InsideClimate News)
• Pipeline opponents say a South Dakota sheriff should have to defend in court a state law seeking to crack down on demonstrations against the Keystone XL pipeline. (Associated Press)

EQUITY: A Michigan researcher says “energy justice” is needed for low-income households struggling to afford electricity to access efficiency and clean energy programs. (Yale Environment 360)

SOLAR: Ohio regulators approve two major solar projects totaling 470 MW, including one that will also include storage. (PV Magazine)

EMISSIONS:
• Minneapolis moves to ban new drive-through services in an effort to reduce vehicle emissions. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• Wisconsin researchers say Madison Gas & Electric’s net-zero carbon goal by 2050 is feasible. (Wisconsin Public Radio)

TRANSMISSION:
• Missouri lawmakers make another attempt at passing a bill to limit the use of eminent domain for the Grain Belt Express transmission line. (KOMU)
• Historical records show last year’s anchor strike on transmission cables in the Straits of Mackinac was not the first. (Petoskey News-Review)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A taxi company in Columbus, Ohio, transitions to electric vehicles and app-based services. (E&E News, subscription)

GRID: Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds pledges to modernize the region’s electric grid as the new chair of the Midwestern Governors Association. (North American Windpower)

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EFFICIENCY: Two colleges in Ohio are recognized by utility AEP for their investments in energy efficiency. (WLIO)

COMMENTARY:
• An Illinois editorial board says the state needs to take action to ensure coal ash storage sites don’t contaminate water supplies. (Chicago Sun-Times)
• Clean energy advocates say Ohio’s energy efficiency standards should be preserved as lawmakers attempt to subsidize nuclear plants. (Natural Resources Defense Council)
• An alternative proposal in Ohio would bolster the state’s clean energy standards and take meaningful action on climate change, other advocates say. (Union of Concerned Scientists)
• A utility watchdog group says Michigan regulators rebuffed a judge’s recommendation that DTE Energy shareholders — not customers — pay nearly $1.3 million in dues to the Edison Electric Institute. (Energy and Policy Institute)

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