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Minnesota regulators unanimously approve Line 3 replacement

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PIPELINES:  Opponents promise swift action after Minnesota regulators unanimously approve Enbridge’s plan to replace its Line 3 pipeline. (Minnesota Public Radio)

ALSO:Industry groups say the U.S. should adopt regulations that favor pipeline infrastructure to push back against opposition from environmental groups. (Reuters)

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RENEWABLES: Michigan could see billions of dollars in economic activity by pursuing a 30 percent renewable energy target, according to a report from a conservative energy group. (Energy News Network)

SOLAR:
• An Iowa utility withdraws its request for a premium pricing option for solar capacity following criticism from customers. (Energy News Network)
• A northern Illinois county unanimously approves plans for its first utility-scale solar project. (Rockford Register Star)

FRAC SAND: County officials in Wisconsin have unanswered questions about the effects of a sludge release from a frac sand mine last month. (La Crosse Tribune)

POLICY: A former Murray Energy lobbyist now in a top position at the U.S. EPA recuses himself from discussions over bailing out coal and nuclear plants. (Bloomberg)

OIL AND GAS:
• Consumer advocates oppose Vectren’s plans for a new natural gas plant in Indiana. (Indiana Public Media)
• Oil production and revenue is trending higher than forecasted in North Dakota. (Forum News Service)
• A University of Michigan professor discusses the “nuances and misconceptions” around hydraulic fracturing. (Michigan Radio)

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WIND:
• WEC Energy Group acquires an 80 percent ownership interest in a 132 MW wind project in Illinois. (Milwaukee Business Journal)
• Local officials in the Upper Peninsula consider plans for dozens of wind turbines. (UPMatters.com)
• An Ohio lawmakers shifts his stance and says no changes should be made to the state’s wind turbine setback regulations. (Fremont News Messenger)

COMMENTARY:
• Declining costs are leading Midwest utilities to invest in renewable energy, advocates say. (Wind on the Wires)
• A physician says approving Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline replacement endangers public health. (MinnPost)

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