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North Dakota stands to gain $110 million annually from Dakota Access pipeline

RENEWABLES:
• Later this year the nation’s first “integrated” wind and solar hybrid project will begin producing power outside a small city in northwest Minnesota. (Midwest Energy News)
• A group of young climate-change activists urges Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton to strengthen the state’s renewable energy standard. (Minnesota Public Radio)

NUCLEAR: While FirstEnergy cites concern about carbon emissions in its bid for zero-emissions credits for its Ohio nuclear reactors, environmental and consumer advocates say it’s just the latest chapter in the utility’s search for a “bailout” for uncompetitive plants. (Midwest Energy News)

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PIPELINES:
• North Dakota stands to gain $110 million annually in tax revenue if the Dakota Access pipeline is completed. (Associated Press)
• The Michigan Court of Appeals dismisses $4,300 in restitution for a man who held an oil pipeline sit-in in 2013. (Associated Press)
• A Norway-based private investor divests $34.8 million from firms tied to the Dakota Access pipeline. (The Guardian)

WIND: Officials in a South Dakota county are deadlocked over more stringent regulations for siting wind turbines. (Watertown Public Opinion)

OIL AND GAS:
• Southeast Michigan residents fear giving up their land through eminent domain and the potential negative impacts of the proposed Nexus gas pipeline. (Detroit Metro Times)
• A companion story details the plight of Northeast Ohio residents protecting their properties from pipeline development. (Cleveland Scene)
• Parts of Kansas and Oklahoma are likely to see damaging earthquakes in 2017 as a result of oil and gas activity, the U.S. Geological Survey says. (Reuters)

COAL: Once again, nearly 23,000 retired coal miners are notified that they may lose their health care and pension benefits by April 30 if Congress does not act. (The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register)

SOLAR: U.S. solar developers have proposed investing $35.5 billion for 14 gigawatts of new solar projects over the next four years. (SNL / Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis)

POLICY:
• Republicans on the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee look to introduce legislation this session to overhaul the Renewable Fuel Standard and make pipeline permitting easier. (The Hill)
• Federal funding for emerging energy research through the Advanced Research Project Agency-Energy may be on the chopping block. (Utility Dive)

GRID: Michigan-based Consumers Energy receives regulatory approval to spend tens of millions of dollars on grid upgrades. (MLive)

REGULATION: The chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio wants the agency to focus more on power distribution rather than generation. (Columbus Business First)

COMMENTARY: A California researcher says the U.S. should adopt the Clean Power Plan and a Republican-backed carbon tax as a “home run strategy for American job creation and industrial leadership.” (Scientific American)

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