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Critics say Michigan pipeline agreement doesn’t go far enough

PIPELINES: Under the terms of a new agreement, the state of Michigan and Enbridge will spend the next nine months coming up with a path forward for Line 5, while closing it permanently is “still on the table.” (MLive)

ALSO:
• The agreement, which drew opposition from environmental groups, also calls for shutting down the pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac during “sustained adverse weather conditions.” (Detroit Free Press)
• TransCanada plans to restart the Keystone pipeline today at reduced pressure, nearly two weeks after it leaked 5,000 barrels of oil in South Dakota. (Reuters)
• The Keystone pipeline has “leaked substantially more oil, and more often,” than the developer initially claimed in risk assessments when it came online in 2010. (Reuters)

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WIND:
• Ameren Missouri files plans with state regulators for a program that allows companies and municipalities to purchase wind energy for up to 100 percent of their energy needs. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
• A University of Michigan researcher shares the findings of a comprehensive survey on local attitudes toward wind development in some areas of the state. (Midland Daily News)

OIL AND GAS: North Dakota’s oil boom has brought vastly different impacts to a federal and a state park there. (High Country News)

EFFICIENCY: A new apartment complex in Minneapolis looks to prove to lenders and investors the value of building energy-efficient multi-family structures. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

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ILLINOIS: Dynegy’s effort to create a specialized capacity market for downstate Illinois has failed to gain traction with state lawmakers, “but the conversation around the region’s resource adequacy is far from over.” (RTO Insider)

COMMENTARY:
• A former researcher in Wisconsin says the argument between choosing jobs or the environment is a false choice: “One of the best ways to build a robust economy is to protect the environment and promote clean energy.” (Appleton Post-Crescent)
• A solar advocacy group says Michigan needs additional policy changes in order to incentivize the growth of solar there. (Crain’s Detroit Business)
• While Illinois has invested billions of dollars in grid modernization, ratepayers could see major savings through more real-time power pricing options and maximizing the benefits of smart meters. (Forbes)
• The Environmental Defense Fund weighs the pros and cons of net metering changes in Ohio.

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