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Minnesota regulators to revisit Line 3 pipeline environmental review

PIPELINES: Minnesota regulators will revisit an environmental review for Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline expansion rather than challenge a recent court ruling. (Minnesota Public Radio)

POWER PLANTS: Wisconsin regulators will not consider climate impacts or carbon emissions in their review of a proposed $700 million natural gas plant. (Wisconsin State Journal)

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SOLAR:
• A utility’s challenge to a third-party solar project in Milwaukee is being closely watched in other states, advocates say. (Madison Capital Times)
• An expansion is planned for a central Iowa solar group-buying program, which participants call the “best kept secret in this area.” (Des Moines Register)

COAL ASH: Environmental advocates criticize Ameren over its expected plan to leave contaminants in the ground as it closes legacy coal ash storage sites. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

WIND: Ohio Power Siting Board staffers recommend that a 77-turbine wind project in northern Ohio be rejected. (Toledo Blade)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Minnesota utilities propose incentives, infrastructure plans and new rates to boost electric vehicle adoption. (Utility Dive)

BIOFUELS:
• Critics say the EPA’s latest proposed rules for biofuel standards do little to address waivers for refineries to avoid blending ethanol with gasoline. (Radio Iowa)
• Iowa ethanol producers plan to host a delegation from Mexico as part of an effort to increase exports. (Radio Iowa)
• Supporting the ethanol industry is still considered a litmus test for presidential candidates who visit Iowa. (Bloomberg)

OIL & GAS:
• About 300 barrels of oil spill after lightning strikes an oil tank in North Dakota. (Bismarck Tribune)
• Metro Detroit residents are concerned about the safety of a planned natural gas compressor station where a fire occurred earlier this year. (Michigan Radio)

POLITICS: Murray Energy CEO Bob Murray is hosting a private fundraising event later this month for President Trump’s re-election. (The Intelligencer)

SMART GRID: A Wisconsin utility asks regulators to expand its smart thermostat program to boost demand response participation. (Wisconsin State Journal)

UTILITIES: Ameren Missouri looks to reduce rates for customers while investing in renewables and grid modernization. (Smart Energy International)

COMMENTARY:
• A rural policy think tank says billions of dollars in debt tied to uneconomic coal plants is a major obstacle to clean energy for many rural co-ops. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)
• A legal expert says the next steps are unclear after the World Trade Organization ruled that clean energy laws in seven states — including Michigan and Minnesota — are discriminatory. (Washington Post)

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