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Minnesota agency issues draft permits for Line 3 pipeline

PIPELINES: A Minnesota agency issues three draft permits for the Line 3 pipeline expansion project, setting off a month-long public comment period. (MPR News)

TRANSMISSION: The ongoing dispute over a proposed Wisconsin transmission project is part of a broader debate about who pays for and benefits from the changing electric generation business. (Chicago Tribune)

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COAL:
• An Indiana Senate committee advances a bill aimed at slowing coal plant retirements with amendments that would shorten the bill’s end-date and protect ratepayers from cost increases. (Indianapolis Star)
• “Nobody’s really for this bill, so why does it keep moving?” an official with the Indiana Chamber of Commerce asks of a bill to slow coal plant retirements. (Utility Dive)
• A lack of government enforcement allowed coal companies to transfer $865 million of disability liabilities to taxpayers during recent bankruptcies, according to a federal report. (Lexington Herald-Leader)

UTILITIES:
• FirstEnergy Solutions emerges from bankruptcy as Energy Harbor after settling issues with tax liabilities and nuclear refueling. (Utility Dive)
• Consumers Energy plans to get to net zero carbon emissions faster than any major utility in the country, and is doing so by not building new fossil fuel plants. (InsideClimate News)

EMISSIONS: A proposed settlement agreement stemming from a refinery fire in Superior, Wisconsin, two years ago stipulates that the company would add solar panels and help residents swap out wood-burning appliances to offset emissions. (Star Tribune)

GRID: Ameren Missouri’s $7.6 billion grid modernization plan also includes investments in solar and storage to boost rural reliability. (Greentech Media)

BIOFUELS: Critics of federal biofuel mandates say the U.S. EPA’s attempt to scale back exemptions for small oil refiners may open up significant legal challenges. (E&E News, subscription)

WIND: A Wichita State University partnership will try to commercialize a technology that safeguards wind turbines from lightning strikes. (Wichita Business Journal, subscription)

SOLAR: 
• Solar advocates say Illinois lawmakers need to increase funding for renewable energy credits. (WCIA)
• Developers propose plans for a 9 MW solar project in northwestern Michigan. (Traverse City Record-Eagle)

CLIMATE: Reducing vehicle miles traveled, electrifying appliances and moving to 100% renewable energy are among strategies identified under a net zero emissions plan for Ann Arbor, Michigan. (MLive)

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