Enbridge report details cost, timeline of potential pipeline tunnel

PIPELINES: Enbridge estimates a tunnel beneath the Straits of Mackinac for its Line 5 pipeline could cost up to $500 million and take six years to build. (Detroit Free Press)

ALSO:
• Michigan’s attorney general has taken concrete action on the Line 5 pipeline, though not as drastic as some environmentalists wish. (Bridge Magazine)
• Minnesota regulators are expected to decide next week on whether to approve Enbridge’s Line 3 replacement. (Minnesota Public Radio)

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CLIMATE: A recent report recognizes the growing trend of shareholder proposals for climate-related disclosures, but finds the proposals don’t affect stock values in the short term.

South Dakota Supreme Court dismisses appeal against Keystone XL

PIPELINES: The South Dakota Supreme Court dismisses an appeal from opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline. (Associated Press)

TECHNOLOGY: An Illinois nonprofit launches a mobile notification system that allows customers without smartphones to access programs that manage home energy use. (Midwest Energy News)

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EMISSIONS:
• Maryland is suing the U.S. EPA over emissions from power plants in upwind states, including Indiana and Ohio. (Associated Press)
• Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette faces criticism over his record of challenging Obama administration policies on air emissions from power plants.

North Dakota approves air permit for refinery near national park

UTILITIES:
• Michigan utility Consumers Energy plans a major shift from coal to solar energy over the coming decades while avoiding major investments in new natural gas plants. (Midwest Energy News)
• Local officials in Michigan are concerned over a bill that would exempt some personal property owned by utilities from taxes, which could cost counties hundreds of thousands of dollars a year. (St. Joseph Herald-Palladium)

OIL AND GAS:
• The North Dakota Health Department approves an air quality permit for a planned oil refinery 3 miles from Theodore Roosevelt National Park. (Bismarck Tribune)
• Ohio lawmakers pass a bill that exempts oil and gas producers from sales tax on certain capital expenditures.

FERC: Closing coal, nuclear plants does not threaten U.S. power grid

POWER PLANTS:
• The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission unanimously says closing uneconomic coal and nuclear plants does not pose a threat to the U.S. power grid, putting it at odds with the Trump administration. (Reuters)
• American Electric Power’s CEO says any plan to stabilize nuclear and coal plants should be reviewed by utilities to protect ratepayers from rising costs. (E&E News)

WIND:
• A Minnesota judge’s recommendation to deny a planned $300 million wind project over turbine noise could have a chilling effect on the industry, advocates say. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• Construction is underway on a wind project in southeastern Nebraska. (Lincoln Journal Star)

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