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Minnesota regulators release final environmental review of Line 3 pipeline

NATURAL GAS: Clean energy groups are scrutinizing separate plans to build natural gas-powered plants in Michigan to replace coal, pushing utilities to consider the potential of renewables and energy efficiency. (Midwest Energy News)

CLEAN ENERGY: How evolving grid technology, as well as new and existing state policies, have contributed to clean energy job growth in Illinois (video). (Midwest Energy News)

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• Minnesota regulators release the final environmental review of Enbridge’s plan to replace its Line 3 pipeline, which analyzes environmental and social costs and contrasts several potential routes. (Minnesota Public Radio)
• North Dakota regulators reschedule a public hearing on whether the developer of the Dakota Access pipeline violated state rules during construction. (Associated Press)

• Developers and government officials in Minnesota are turning to contaminated brownfield properties as sites for solar projects. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• A solar project expected to be completed by the end of the year at Michigan State University will cover 5,000 parking spaces on campus. (Michigan Radio)
• Officials in Traverse City, Michigan approve a green tariff rate to buy solar energy and help meet municipal renewable energy goals. (Traverse City Record Eagle)

COAL: Politicians and coal producers in the Illinois Basin criticize calls to subsidize Appalachian coal. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

RENEWABLES: Commonwealth Edison files tariff changes with Illinois regulators that would help develop community solar and other renewable energy projects. (Utility Dive)

• It’s still uncertain whether increased setback distances will sink a proposed wind project in South Dakota. (Watertown Public Opinion)
• Negotiations will continue over planned payments between two companies for wind energy generated in South Dakota. (Watertown Public Opinion)

OIL AND GAS: A federal judge rules that drilling can continue at least temporarily at a controversial oil site near a lake in North Dakota. (Bismarck Tribune)

NUCLEAR: The operator of a nuclear plant in southwest Michigan submits plans to federal regulators over potential, albeit unlikely, vulnerabilities to the facility. (MLive)

• At a major industry conference in Nebraska, Gov. Pete Ricketts touts the benefits of higher ethanol blends for the state’s agriculture sector. (Omaha World-Herald)
• An Iowa company helps open the first large-scale corn ethanol production plant in Brazil. (Radio Iowa)

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COMMENTARY: Executives at an energy storage company say the U.S. market could grow by $11 billion over the next five years as more utilities get involved. (Utility Dive)

CORRECTION: Due to an editing error a sponsored link in Thursday’s digest listed an incorrect date for the MW Energy Storage Summit. The event takes place on September 15.

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