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Settlement reached to close Illinois coal plant by 2022

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TRANSPORTATION: Minnesota could achieve net-zero transportation emissions by 2050 almost entirely through more electric and biofuel-powered vehicles, according to a state report. (Energy News Network)

COAL: A federal judge approves a settlement agreement that will close a central Illinois coal plant by 2022 and provide $8.6 million for workforce development and public health projects. (Peoria Journal Star)

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PIPELINES:
• Dakota Access pipeline officials say doubling the capacity of the line won’t increase the risk of a spill, a claim opponents have dismissed. (Associated Press)
• The Dakota Access expansion proposal faces public hearings in Illinois, North Dakota and Iowa, sparking similar concerns that led to widespread protests in 2016. (E&E News, subscription)
• Democratic attorneys general from Minnesota, Wisconsin and California file briefs supporting Michigan AG Dana Nessel’s effort to shut down Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac because it violates public trust laws. (Detroit News)
• A gathering pipeline spills 8,000 gallons of crude oil on cropland in northwestern North Dakota. (Bismarck Tribune)
• A Wisconsin bill awaiting the governor’s signature would heighten penalties for protesting an oil pipeline that tribal members say is already trespassing on their land. (Grist)

RENEWABLES:
• More transmission is needed to support large amounts of renewable energy projects pending in grid operator MISO’s western region. (PV Magazine)
• The Civic Center in Rapid City, South Dakota, signs a 20-year agreement to offset its electricity usage with renewables. (Rapid City Journal)

SOLAR:
• Local officials approve plans for a 150 MW solar project in southwestern Michigan. (WBCK)
• Developers propose plans for a 150 MW solar project in central Ohio. (Urbana Daily Citizen)
• Middle school students in Minnesota help assemble small solar energy kits that will be shipped to schools at a refugee camp in Kenya. (MPR News)
• A southern Illinois school district is selected in a state lottery to install solar panels at multiple schools. (KMOX)

BIOFUELS: Iowa lawmakers call on biofuel industry workers to ask the U.S. EPA to protect a federal ethanol-blending program. (Quad City Times)

EFFICIENCY: Minnesota lawmakers tout the benefits of Xcel’s energy efficiency programs for residents and businesses. (Rochester Post Bulletin)

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