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Mackinac pipeline temporarily shuts down due to weather conditions

CLIMATE:
• A new map released by the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication show a majority of both Republicans and Democrats throughout Ohio favor clean energy policies, despite being deeply divided on accepting climate science. (Midwest Energy News)
• At the North American Climate Summit in Chicago, former President Obama says mayors, business leaders and academics are the “new face of American leadership on climate change.” (USA Today)

PIPELINES: As part of a new agreement with Michigan, Enbridge temporarily shuts down Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac due to high winds and waves during adverse weather conditions there. (Detroit Free Press)

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WIND: South Dakota regulators reject a request from a wind farm developer for reconsideration after the company submitted multiple layouts for where potential turbines could go. (Watertown Public Opinion)

COAL: The Sierra Club says utilities in the Southwest Power Pool, which covers the Great Plains region, have been over-reliant on coal plants instead of cheaper forms of energy. (Arkansas Times)

SOLAR:
• Some residents in a Minneapolis suburb are pushing back against plans for a 23-acre solar garden at the site of a former landfill. (KSTP)
• First Solar unveils a new efficient production facility in Ohio that can produce enough panels annually to generate 600 megawatts. (Toledo Blade)
• In a Bloomington, Indiana historic neighborhood, some homeowners looking to install solar panels are clashing with preservationists. (Indiana Daily Student)
• A new feasibility study looks to gauge the interest in solar development in an Upper Peninsula community. (UPMatters.com)

GRID: FirstEnergy is seeking a rate increase of up to 2 percent for three years, hoping to raise $450 million for grid upgrades in Ohio. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

BIOENERGY: A Nebraska bioenergy facility will pay nearly $50,000 to settle alleged violations of the federal Clean Air Act. (Sioux City Journal)

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OIL AND GAS: North Dakota health officials are opening a public comment period this week on plans for an oil refinery near a national park. (Bismarck Tribune)

COMMENTARY:
• Officials with a Minnesota utility and a union say the Line 3 pipeline replacement and expansion project brings economic benefits to the state and is more efficient than alternative modes of transportation. (MinnPost)
• A research firm says Madison, Wisconsin is leading the “Energy Cloud” transition with its shift to local clean energy. (Forbes)
• The Michigan Chemistry Council says two planned gas pipelines — Rover and Nexus — are important for the state’s manufacturing sector. (Detroit News)

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