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Minnesota ruling upholding frac sand mining ban sparks interest in other counties

COAL ASH: Environmental regulators in Illinois will continue hearing testimony to determine whether several coal ash storage sites in northern Illinois are contaminating nearby water sources. (Midwest Energy News)

FRAC SAND: A recent ruling upholding a Minnesota county’s ban on frac sand mining is generating interest in other counties, “where efforts to enact similar bans have so far foundered.” (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

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OIL AND GAS: A federal appeals court grants an Ohio city’s request to block construction of an eight-mile section of the Nexus gas pipeline amid other pending appeals to the project. (Akron Beacon Journal)

• TransCanada has recovered more than 1,000 barrels of oil from the recent Keystone pipeline spill, but the company has not yet set a restart date for the pipeline. (Reuters)
• South Dakota regulators say they could revoke a permit for the Keystone pipeline if the company is found to have violated its terms. (InsideClimate News)
• A South Dakota utility regulator who helped approve the Keystone pipeline 10 years ago says it is “very disturbing” that it has leaked multiple times since then. (Watertown Public Opinion)
• A petition delivered to prosecutors in North Dakota seeks to drop all charges against defendants involved with last year’s Dakota Access pipeline protests. (Bismarck Tribune)

RENEWABLES: Clean energy advocates are split over a recent decision by Michigan regulators on avoided costs utilities pay for renewable energy from independent producers, saying it could hurt landfill gas and hydro facilities but boost solar. (Michigan Radio, PV magazine)

WIND: South Dakota regulators are considering whether criminal charges should be brought against a wind developer that started construction on a project before receiving a permit. (Watertown Public Opinion)

HYDROELECTRIC: Federal regulators order a Michigan hydroelectric company to cease operations after it allegedly failed to address multiple compliance orders. (MLive)

BIOFUELS: The U.S. EPA will not make major changes to federal rules on ethanol blending into gasoline. (Radio Iowa)

CLEAN ENERGY: An airport in Cedar Rapids, Iowa has taken up multiple clean energy projects to reduce costs. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

NUCLEAR: A community college in Illinois reaches an agreement with Exelon to freeze the company’s annual property tax payments until at least 2020, and Exelon agrees to drop its appeals over property tax assessments for its nuclear plant. (Decatur Herald & Review)

DEMAND RESPONSE: A Michigan business receives $100,000 from its utility, Consumers Energy, as part of a program to cut its energy usage during peak times in 2017. (MLive)

UTILITIES: Ohio utility regulators unanimously reject a complaint by a resident who said she was overcharged by a submetering company that resells electricity. (Columbus Dispatch)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Tesla unveils its second gallery in Chicago, though potential customers would still need to leave the state to buy a car. (Crain’s Chicago Business)

• An energy analysis group says while the Keystone XL pipeline received recent approval in Nebraska, the project is “a long way from being a done deal.” (The Hill)
• A northern Michigan business owner says the state and its residents do not owe Enbridge their trust in continuing to operate the Line 5 pipeline. (Detroit Free Press)

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