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Ontario tribe rejects plan for nuclear waste storage near Great Lakes

UTILITIES: A FirstEnergy subsidiary seeks permission from state regulators to operate as an energy broker and aggregator, which critics say raises conflict of interest questions. (Energy News Network)

NUCLEAR: The Saugeen Ojibway Nation rejects plans to store nuclear waste at a repository along the Canadian shores of Lake Huron, dealing what may be a fatal blow to the project. (Michigan Radio)

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EFFICIENCY: Updating its building energy code would help Kansas City meet its climate goals, but the plan faces opposition from homebuilders. (Energy News Network)

POLICY: Wisconsin Democrats introduce a bill that would require utility regulators to consider the social costs of carbon when evaluating new power plants and transmission lines. (Wisconsin State Journal)

SOLAR: Wisconsin regulators approve plans for a 149 MW solar project about 25 miles southeast of Madison. (Wisconsin State Journal)

COAL:
• Xcel Energy CEO Ben Fowke says there are “opportunities across our system” to change the way coal plants operate to save money and reduce emissions. (Utility Dive)
• As Indiana lawmakers consider passing a bill to prolong coal operations, consumer advocates say costs will fall on ratepayers. (Indianapolis Star)
An 8% drop in North Dakota coal production last year is due partly to competition from natural gas, wind and hydropower. (Bismarck Tribune)

EMISSIONS: Wisconsin-based Kohler will pay a $20 million civil penalty to resolve allegations that small engines it makes for various equipment included emission cheating devices and violated the Clean Air Act. (Associated Press)

OIL & GAS:
A recent spill of oil drilling wastewater in northwestern North Dakota impacted an area far bigger than initially estimated. (Bismarck Tribune)
• Local officials in North Dakota hope a study will offer guidance on how to handle requests to store radioactive drilling waste in landfills. (Bismarck Tribune)
• A completed natural gas pipeline and power plant in North Dakota is expected to help reduce flaring in the state. (Williston Herald)

POLITICS: Democrats hope the Trump administration’s relaxing of federal biofuel requirements will help them win Iowa in November. (Reuters)

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POWER PLANTS: The Ohio Supreme Court dismisses a case involving consumer bailouts for nuclear and coal plants, allowing the law to take effect next year. (Toledo Blade)

COMMENTARY:
• The repowering of two Minnesota wind projects will extend economic benefits for local communities and landowners, a Forbes writer says.
• A Republican U.S. senator from Indiana can help move conservatives toward a national climate policy, a Wisconsin editorial board writes. (Wisconsin State Journal)

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