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Former Missouri governor leads legal fight to support wind transmission project

GRID: Xcel Energy says a flood of clean energy project proposals have come in since the completion of the 800-mile-long CapX2020 transmission project was completed in late September. (Midwest Energy News)

ALSO:
• Former Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is leading the legal team representing the developers of the Grain Belt Express wind transmission project as they seek to overturn state regulators’ denial of the project. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
• North Dakota regulators approve Xcel Energy’s request for a new five-mile transmission line in the Fargo area to improve reliability. (Forum News Service)

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PIPELINES:
• Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison warns state regulators against giving swift approval to Enbridge’s planned expansion of its Line 3 pipeline. (Huffington Post)
• A group of tribes that make up the Chippewa Ottawa Resource Authority oppose an agreement between Michigan and Enbridge that calls for further studying a tunneling option for Line 5 beneath the Straits of Mackinac. (The Sault News)
• TransCanada will run an inspection device to make sure there aren’t similar characteristics along the Keystone pipeline that caused a recent spill. (Associated Press)
• Environmental groups ask a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit against them by the developer of the Dakota Access pipeline, which claims the groups harmed the company through their opposition to the project. (Associated Press)

CLIMATE: Cities in Minnesota, North Dakota and Iowa have seen some of the highest rates in the U.S. of warming temperatures during winter, according to an analysis by Climate Central.

SOLAR: A central Ohio college’s new 2.3 MW solar array is expected to generate about 15 percent of its annual electricity needs. (Columbus Dispatch)

RENEWABLES: A northern Michigan city is weighing its options for procuring renewable energy as it aims to power all of its city operations with renewables by 2020. (Traverse City Record-Eagle)

NUCLEAR: A federal appeals court rejects a challenge by an anti-nuclear advocacy group to a permit granted to DTE Energy for a new nuclear plant in Michigan, though the utility does not have plans at this time to build it. (Reuters)

COAL:
• An Indiana-based company clears a major hurdle as it gets closer to acquiring a coal-mining permit in Illinois. (Champaign News-Gazette)
• Nearby residents raise concerns about We Energies’ efforts to acquire and demolish homes surrounding a coal plant in Wisconsin in order to create a buffer zone. (Racine County Eye)

WIND: A wind energy developer holds a public open house before it applies for a permit to build a 200 MW project in Ohio. (Tiffin Advertiser-Tribune)

BIOFUELS:
• The U.S. EPA sets 2018 levels for required ethanol blending at roughly the same rate as 2017. (Radio Iowa)
• Minnesota-based Cargill plans to build a $90 million biodiesel plant in Kansas. (Wichita Business Journal)

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REGULATION: A North Dakota utility commissioner is appointed to a position with a spot on a MISO advisory board, giving the state more influence within the regional grid operator. (Bismarck Tribune)

COMMENTARY:
• A clean energy advocate praises the climate change efforts of Duluth, Minnesota Mayor Emily Larson. (Duluth News Tribune)
• Native American author and advocate Winona LaDuke asks: “Have we normalized pipeline spills?” (Inforum)

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