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Opponents ask Minnesota regulators to reconsider Line 3 pipeline

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UTILITIES: Consumers Energy says it may have to withdraw a long-term plan to retire coal and add solar amid a dispute over PURPA contracts. (Energy News Network)

PIPELINES: Environmental and tribal groups ask Minnesota regulators to reconsider their approval of Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline replacement. (Associated Press)

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• The Green Energy Ohio Tour this weekend features clean energy projects at approximately 100 sites across the state. (Energy News Network)
• Indiana policies are hampering growth for renewable energy businesses, advocates say in a new report. (Indiana Public Media)

OIL & GAS: Social media caused confusion for emergency crews trying to evacuate people during a refinery fire in Wisconsin this year, a report says. (Wisconsin Public Radio)

TRANSPORTATION: At a public hearing near Detroit, speakers ranging from auto executives to environmentalists criticized the Trump administration’s plan to roll back fuel economy standards. (E&E News, subscription)

• Wisconsin’s We Energies says it is committed to working with customers who want to install solar, but advocates say state policy is lacking. (Shepherd Express)
• An 800-acre organic farm in Minnesota looks to cut costs by installing solar panels. (Fillmore County Journal)

BIOFUELS: A study shows an escalating trade dispute with China could cost Iowa’s economy up to $2 billion and harm its ethanol industry. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

COAL: Ohio-based AEP is closing a nearly 700 MW coal plant in Texas because it can’t compete in the regional market. (Columbus Business First)

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POLITICS: Environmental advocates say this year’s election is their best chance so far to unseat Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. (E&E News, subscription)

COMMENTARY: A researcher says it’s a common misconception that those aligned with the political left are more in favor of renewable energy, particularly in states like Iowa. (Forbes)

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