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Oil, environmental groups oppose Trump ethanol plan

BIOFUELS: Corn and ethanol producers praise the Trump administration for allowing year-round sales of gasoline with higher blends of ethanol, while oil industry and environmental groups oppose the new rule. (Radio Iowa, The Hill)

ALSO:
• Despite bipartisan support for his plan, President Trump claims at a political rally in Council Bluffs that Democrats will “take away your ethanol.” (Cedar Rapids Gazette)
• Officials are investigating the cause of an explosion at a Wisconsin ethanol plant. (Associated Press)

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SOLAR:
• Minnesota regulators are expected to decide this week on a bonus payment to new residential community solar subscribers, who have largely been left out as developers have focused on larger customers. (Energy News Network)
• Southern Illinois officials delay a vote on a controversial proposed solar project at a former wood treatment facility. (WSIL)

PIPELINES: A Minnesota judge swiftly dismisses a case against climate change activists for damaging an oil pipeline, though defendants had hoped to bring their necessity defense to a jury. (Minnesota Public Radio)

OIL AND GAS:
• Tribal leaders in North Dakota say they feel displaced by the oil boom that started around 2008 as fracking reshapes their reservation. (Scientific American)
• Residents in an Ohio county say they are fed up with receiving fracking wastewater from operations in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. (WESA)

NUCLEAR: A new coalition launches in Ohio to save two economically challenged nuclear plants scheduled to close in 2020. (WKYC)

NATURAL GAS:
• Vectren officials tell Indiana regulators the company needs a proposed natural gas plant to diversify its generation away from coal. (Evansville Courier & Press)
• A 940 MW natural gas plant begins operating in northeastern Ohio. (Youngstown Vindicator)

WIND:
• A renewable energy developer sponsors a workshop in Indiana to show area teachers ideas to incorporate wind energy into their curriculum. (Winchester News-Gazette)
• County officials in central Illinois look to finalize revisions in a wind ordinance before accepting applications for new projects. (Alton Telegraph)
• Construction starts next spring on a 200 MW wind project in northwestern Iowa. (Storm Lake Pilot Tribune)

GRID: The Illinois Attorney General’s Office says transmission constraints and PJM’s market design are enriching Exelon in northern Illinois. (RTO Insider)

SUSTAINABILITY:
• A union hall in Detroit originally built in 1964 is the largest zero net energy building in Michigan. (Model D)
• Minnesota is more than halfway to a goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 30 percent by 2027, a new report says. (WCCO)

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GEOTHERMAL: The Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois is one of seven recipients of federal funding to improve drilling methods for geothermal energy. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY: An Upper Peninsula editorial board says tunneling Line 5 is a “step in the right direction,” though regulators will have to closely watch the pipeline’s condition before it’s built. (Marquette Mining Journal)

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