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Ohio lawmaker: Bill to scrap energy laws ‘direct response’ to AEP wind, solar plan

OHIO: A new study by Ohio State University says most of the electricity cost increases in the state since 2008 are due to a lack of competition in the market. (Midwest Energy News)

ALSO: State Sen. Bill Seitz says his latest effort to scrap Ohio’s clean energy standards is “a fairly direct response” to AEP’s plan to build out 900 megawatts of wind and solar; hearings on the legislation begin today. (Columbus Business First, Cleveland Plain Dealer)

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PIPELINES:
• In a public meeting with state officials, Enbridge defends the safety of its Line 5 pipeline through the Straits of Mackinac after a recent report called into question areas of protective coating. (Detroit News)
• Two tribes seek to head off the imminent flow of oil from the Dakota Access pipeline by appealing a judge’s decision allowing construction to be completed. (Associated Press)
• The Army Corps of Engineers finishes cleaning up three remaining Dakota Access pipeline protest camps that were on federal land. (Associated Press)

COAL: The owners of a coal ash landfill in Ohio say residents should not be able to sue for damages under West Virginia law due to exposure to the sites. (Clarksburg State Journal)

SOLAR:
• An Indiana bill to eliminate net metering is among the topics addressed during a public forum with state lawmakers. (Lebanon Reporter)
• A Minnesota community will explore more options to expand locally generated solar. (St. Peter Herald)

EMISSIONS:
• Officials at the University of Michigan are voting on an $80 million project to reduce air emissions from an on-campus natural gas cogeneration plant. (MLive)
• President Trump is expected to undertake a review this week of vehicle fuel efficiency rules locked in at the end of the Obama administration. (Reuters)

WIND:
• Michigan utility DTE Energy eyes a rural township for future wind development. (Midland Daily News)
• The developer of a controversial wind project in Ohio will likely be sold, but it won’t affect its projects under development. (Springfield News-Sun)

CLIMATE: Major investment firm BlackRock will begin studying the financial disclosures of climate change risk, a move that “could send shock waves throughout the private sector.” (E&E News)

COMMENTARY:
• A consumer advocacy group says Minnesota should continue offering incentives to expand solar generation in the state. (Midwest Energy News)
• Minnesota advocates say high-performance, energy-efficient buildings can help the entire state save energy. (MinnPost)

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