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Minnesota says aging Line 3 pipeline should be shut down, replacement not needed

PIPELINES: An analysis by the Minnesota Department of Commerce says a new oil pipeline across the northern part of the state is not needed and that the aging Line 3 it’s supposed to replace should be shut down. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

EFFICIENCY:
• Going against the recommendation of an administrative law judge, Illinois regulators approve a request by Ameren to lower its energy efficiency targets under the state’s new energy law, a plan that had been sharply criticized by clean energy advocates. (WTTW)
• A small utility fee increase in a proposed Minneapolis city budget would raise millions to promote energy efficiency — and pay for itself many times over, according to advocates. (Midwest Energy News)

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SOLAR:
• County officials in southeastern Ohio are optimistic about a proposal for a 125-megawatt solar project on reclaimed strip-mined land, which is one of three projects larger than 100 megawatts in the state awaiting approval. (Columbus Dispatch)
• Residential and commercial customers in a Nebraska city are now able to purchase shares in a 53-acre community solar project. (Kearney Hub)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Chicago is among U.S. cities where Tesla has installed new electric vehicle charging stations as it expands its supercharger network. (Bloomberg)
• Volkswagen announces a sweeping plan to build electric versions of all 300 of its models by 2030. (Bloomberg)

RENEWABLES: A city official in St. Louis introduces a resolution to power the city’s operations entirely by renewable energy by 2035. (St. Louis Public Radio)

CLIMATE: Detroit-based General Motors is among more than 1,200 global businesses that are embracing a price on carbon, even if the Trump administration will not. (Washington Post)

POLITICS: Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette — who has fought Obama-era clean air and climate rules but also called for a planned shutdown of the Line 5 pipeline — is expected to announce his candidacy for governor today. (Detroit Free Press)

TRANSMISSION: Utility transmission line workers from across the Midwest — including Minnesota, Iowa, Ohio and Wisconsin — are among thousands helping to restore power in areas of Florida hit by Hurricane Irma. (WCCO, Cedar Rapids Gazette, Columbus Dispatch, WBAY, Reuters)

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UTILITIES: The owner of a district heating and cooling system in Youngstown, Ohio is recovering from financial struggles after being placed in receivership. (Youngstown Vindicator)

COMMENTARY: Advocates say Ameren Illinois created a “false choice” when claiming the need to focus on low-income customers rather than achieving energy efficiency targets outlined in the Future Energy Jobs Act. (Dispatch Argus)

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