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Missouri appeals court rules in favor of Tesla’s attempt to sell vehicles there

COAL: After We Energies recently announced the closing of a Wisconsin coal plant, some fear the company will increase production at a pair of coal-fired plants about 15 miles away. (Midwest Energy News)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A Missouri appeals court judge rules in favor of Tesla as the company looks to sell vehicles directly to customers there, bypassing dealerships. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

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SOLAR:
• As Missouri officials begin to assess distributed generation policies, solar advocates say it is unclear whether the state will head in a direction that benefits customers or utilities. (Midwest Energy News)
• A contest in Michigan challenges students in sixth through 12th grade to find ways their schools can use solar energy. (MLive)
• Officials in a southern Illinois city hope a new solar installation at a wastewater treatment plant will be the first of more to come. (Southern Illinoisan)
• Officials in two west-central Illinois counties say multiple solar companies have expressed interest in developing projects there. Others say it is part of a statewide solar boom after legislation was passed last year. (Quincy Herald-Whig, Peoria Journal Star)

PIPELINES:
• A Minnesota agency now has three months to make revisions to an environmental review of Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline expansion project. (Associated Press)
• For some property owners, it can take years for crews to clean up oil spills and return land back to productive use. (Watertown Public Opinion)
• A Michigan pipeline panel meets today to discuss an updated agreement between the state and Enbridge over the fate of the Line 5 pipeline. (Associated Press)

RENEWABLES: A group representing small, independent renewable energy producers in Michigan says it will appeal a recent ruling by state regulators that could force some of them to close. (MiBiz)

OIL AND GAS:
• Industry officials in North Dakota expect more companies to build or expand natural gas processing plants to keep up with production and to reduce flaring. (Bismarck Tribune)
• Despite efforts to reduce natural gas flaring, North Dakota officials say total volumes being flared continued an upward trend this year. (Bismarck Tribune)

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TRANSPORTATION: EPA administrator Scott Pruitt says he will support keeping a federal laboratory open in southeast Michigan that researches vehicle emissions. (MLive)

COMMENTARY:
• A University of Cincinnati professor says Ohio coal and nuclear plants should be kept online in order to maintain the state’s grid reliability. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
• An official with the Ohio Manufacturers’ Association says a federal plan requiring ratepayers to support uneconomic coal and nuclear plants would “deal a serious blow to America’s manufacturing competitiveness.” (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

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