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Wind manufacturing, generation has been surging in North Dakota

POLICY: The Michigan Republican now steering energy policy discussions in the state House says everything is “on the table” in revisiting the state’s new energy laws, but he faces a Senate that is skeptical about dissecting two years’ worth of work. (Midwest Energy News)

WIND:
• Turbine manufacturing and generation has recently began to “surge” in North Dakota. (Forum News Service)
• A South Dakota county struggles with adopting new regulations for wind turbines. (Watertown Public Opinion)
• A legal dispute around the output of wind turbines in South Dakota is ongoing as Consolidated Edison Development takes over the project. (Watertown Public Opinion)

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PIPELINES:
• As the U.S. EPA and Enbridge ask a judge to approve a consent agreement to resolve the 2010 Kalamazoo oil spill, thousands of public comments flood in calling for tougher penalties. (InsideClimate News)
• After a four-year review, the U.S. State Department finds there would be no adverse environmental impacts of increasing the capacity of an oil pipeline from Canada into northeastern North Dakota. (Associated Press)
• The federal judge hearing arguments over whether to stop work on the Dakota Access pipeline until a legal battle with tribes is settled is said to be not “motivated by ideology or politics.” (Associated Press)
• Dakota Access pipeline protesters gather outside the home of the CEO of U.S. Bank, calling for the company to end financial support for the project. Protesters also gather at an event in the Quad Cities area. (WCCO, WHO)

COAL:
• President Trump is expected to travel to Youngstown, Ohio to sign a bill blocking the Obama administration’s stream protection rule. (WYTV)
• The Energy Information Administration says rising natural gas prices could create an opening for coal to increase production and usage. (The Intelligencer/Wheeling News Register)

OIL AND GAS:
• Opponents of the proposed NEXUS gas pipeline through Ohio and Michigan are hoping the existence of the northern long-eared bat along the way can at least delay the project. (Associated Press)
• Consumers Energy is looking to build a 94-mile gas pipeline in eastern Michigan to replace an aging pipeline nearing the end of its operational life. (MLive)

UTILITIES: Mystery phone calls in Chicago about ComEd electric bills turn out to be an aggressive marketing tactic from an alternative energy supplier. (WLS-TV)

COMMENTARY:
• The Bismarck Tribune writes of the Dakota Access protests: “It’s time for the pipeline dispute to play out in the courts and North Dakota to get back to normal.”
• A Kansas editorial board supports local officials’ approval of a $11.3 million energy efficiency investment, saying it will “pay off for years to come.” (Lawrence Journal-World)
• A Wisconsin blogger notes that ever since Gov. Scott Walker took office, the state has been playing catch-up on wind and solar development. (Isthmus)

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