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Minnesota regulators call Line 3 pipeline review ‘inadequate’

PIPELINES:
• Minnesota utility regulators rejected an environmental review of Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline, calling parts of the report “inadequate.” (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• Alberta’s environmental and parks minister said Minnesota should support the contentious Line 3 pipeline, arguing it’s safer and more environmentally sound than the alternatives. (Midwest Energy News)

WIND:
• Legislation was introduced in Ohio to ease statewide wind turbine setback rules. The bill’s sponsor called a 2014 law a “draconian, one-size-fits-all” approach. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
• NextEra Energy and American Electric Power opened a $200 million, 120 MW wind project in Indiana. (Electric Light & Power)
• A developer shared early plans with local officials for a potential 200 MW wind project in southwest Minnesota. (Marshall Independent)

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UTILITIES:
• This week, the Supreme Court of Ohio heard arguments in a case that could overturn a regulatory decision that advocates say broke the law and cost ratepayers millions. (Midwest Energy News)
• Wisconsin regulators approved an increase in rates and fixed charges for Xcel Energy to support the company’s infrastructure investments and compensate for lower than expected demand. (La Crosse Tribune)

STORAGE: Exelon and a major lithium supplier formed a new Illinois-based company to connect technical expertise with investors in the energy storage sector. (Power Engineering)

COAL: Along Ohio River towns, some residents share an ambivalence toward the closing of coal plants as natural gas jobs provide other job opportunities. (Bloomberg)

CLIMATE: U.S. EPA administrator Scott Pruitt told members of Congress that a formal, public debate over climate change science could launch as early as next month. (Reuters)

POLICY: New photos show Murray Energy’s CEO making a policy pitch to FERC and Energy Secretary Rick Perry six months before the DOE announced a controversial proposal to subsidize coal and nuclear plants. (In These Times)

BIOFUELS: U.S. senators from Iowa and South Dakota are looking to separate legislation to extend biodiesel tax credits instead of including it in tax reform bills. (Radio Iowa)

SOLAR: An Illinois brewery is installing solar panels to help offset most of its energy use. (Daily Illini)

GRID:
• The Michigan Public Service Commission ordered DTE Energy to identify unused power lines in Detroit following the accidental death of a child last year by electrocution from an inactive line. (Associated Press)
• Regional grid operator PJM approved $318 million in grid infrastructure upgrades across its service territory. (Utility Dive)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Ford Motor Co. said it will now build its next generation electric vehicle in Mexico rather than a plant in Michigan. (WXYZ)

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OIL AND GAS: The North Dakota Supreme Court affirmed a $950,000 fine for a trucking company that illegally dumped oilfield waste onto a road in 2014. (Bismarck Tribune)

COMMENTARY: A northern Michigan advocacy group says with the latest agreement between the state and Enbridge to continue operating the Line 5 pipeline, Gov. Rick Snyder is again “sidestepping leadership on an important water issue.” (Bridge Magazine)

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