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Tribe sues Army Corps of Engineers over Dakota Access pipeline permits

PIPELINES: A Native American tribe in North and South Dakota is suing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over its issuing permits this week for the Dakota Access pipeline. (Forum News Service)

FINANCE: A recently completed energy overhaul at a Missouri agriculture operation could pave the way for more projects in the sector to use Property Assessed Clean Energy financing. (Midwest Energy News)

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WIND: A struggle is emerging in the Sandhills region of Nebraska over wind turbine development. (NET News)

POLITICS: A group of Missouri abortion opponents petitions the state to advance renewable energy. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

CLIMATE: The Midwest is the source of much of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions, but it is also poised to lead with solutions, one Chicago-based advocate says. (Yale Climate Connections)

COAL: Clean energy groups launch a new ad campaign calling for the closure of Indiana’s largest coal plant. (WBOI)

UTILITIES:
• FirstEnergy reports a $1.1 billion loss related to coal plant closures. (Akron Beacon Journal)
• The new president and CEO of AEP Ohio looks to focus on “improving communication with customers” following contentious rate cases with state regulators. (Columbus Dispatch)

OIL AND GAS: A rebound in North Dakota’s oil-tax collections could help restore a grant program for entities that are impacted by oil and gas development. (Jamestown Sun)

BIOMASS: Fallen tree debris from a storm that passed through Minnesota last week will be hauled away to generate steam and electricity. (Duluth News Tribune)

SOLAR: A St. Louis church is featured as a clean energy leader for installing solar panels and supporting renewable energy policies. (St. Louis American)

RENEWABLES:
• Increased generation from renewables is helping Iowa balance the amount of energy it produces with the amount it imports. (Mason City Globe Gazette)
• The U.S. EPA recognizes a General Motors plant in Michigan for its onsite renewable energy generation. (Reliable Plant)

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REGULATION: Utilities around the country continue to challenge provisions in the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act, better known as PURPA. (Utility Dive)

COMMENTARY: School district officials in Ohio “are to be commended” for pursuing solar panels on district buildings. (Youngstown Vindicator)

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